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Scott Gallacher: The painful truth about insistent clients

One of the many unintended consequences of the new pension freedoms is that, while technically people can cash in their pensions, the reality is most providers are unwilling to carry the can should things go wrong. This is most problematic with defined benefits schemes, where the existing scheme will not facilitate encashment. Instead, members must […]

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Curtis Banks plans £85m AIM float

Sipp provider Curtis Banks plans to float on the AIM stock exchange in a move expected to value the business at £85m. The firm, which started trading in 2009 and currently administers more than 26,000 Sipps, expects to raise £7.5m through the issue of new equity. Trading in the shares is due to commence on […]

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Aldermore and Shawbrook march towards FTSE 250

Aldermore and Shawbrook look set to break into the FTSE 250 just weeks after floating as challenger banks take the fight to their high-street rivals. On 2 June, the FTSE Group will begin conducting its quarterly review of the 250 index – the 101st to 350th largest companies listed on the stock exchange – to […]

Lifecycle links the distribution chain

The mortgage advice industry is  now in far better shape than it was just a few years ago but when it comes to innovation I cannot help feeling it is the poor relation compared with the investment advice market. There is far less competition in terms of leading-edge solutions to meet consumers’ needs. While investment […]

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Five ways to make your employee focus group session a success

by Debra Corey, group reward director  You just planned and booked what you thought was the perfect vacation for you and your family. You call everyone together to share the great news and instead of receiving sounds of glee and delight, you receive groans and complaints.Your youngest says: “I hate beaches, didn’t you know that?” (You think to […]

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