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Harlequin’s derelict hotels and the disappeared £400m

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has released new information on how the recovery of money for clients from the Harlequin group is progressing. The Harlequin group is a well know collection of companies involved in the marketing, sales and development of overseas investment properties. Many of these are unregulated investments and have featured prominently in […]

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9 in 10 customers cannot define “protection”

The industry must rethink the language around protection to give better support to intermediaries and boost public awareness, according to Legal and General. Research from the firm shows  just nine per cent of consumers associate the term “protection” with life or critical illness cover. A total 40 per cent of those surveyed thought “protection” referred […]

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AJ Bell: Pensions transfer activity has peaked

Statistics from the final quarter of last year suggest pension transfer activity has passed its high-point, with the FCA’s focus on the market forcing advisers out of play. AJ Bell cites government figures showing that transfers dropped 20 per cent between October and December 2018, down to £6.3bn from £8bn. AJ Bell senior analyst Tom […]

Bank of England keeps base rate at 0.75%

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee has voted unanimously to keep the base rate at 0.75 per cent. The rate has stayed at this level since it was raised from 0.50 per cent in early August last year. The MPC, according to the minutes, believes that the economic outlook hinges “significantly” on Brexit, and is […]

The What of Trusts: Gift Trusts(part 1)

Helen O’Hagan, Technical Manager at Prudential looks at the concept of trusts, starting with Gift trusts and why they can be confusing and complex for many advisers. W – why use a gift trust?H – how to set up a gift trustA – access for the settlor and beneficiariesT – taxation of the trust WHY […]

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