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Mapping the next advice complaint danger zones

Advisers have been warned to brace themselves for a spike in complaints related to tax avoidance, suspended property funds and Sipp fraud as the compensation culture among investors continues to take hold. HM Revenue & Customs has embarked on a crackdown on film partnership investments and the FCA has recently issued warnings about dealing with […]

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Columbia Threadneedle reopens suspended property fund

Columbia Threadneedle Investments is to become the latest group to reopen its retail property fund, 11 weeks after trading was suspended. The Threadneedle UK Property Authorised Investment fund was gated on 6 July to stem outflows during the market instability following the Brexit vote. Eight other asset managers also suspended trading in their property funds. […]

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Steve Bee: Can the state pension deliver what’s needed?

I have always thought the old-age pension, as it used to be called, was a good idea. The idea was it should provide working people with a bedrock on which to build their lifetime savings. There is, though, clearly a danger in providing a basic pension for all in that it has to be sufficient to […]

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Advisers say scrapping limit for poor advice does not address FSCS failures

Advisers say removing the £50,000 Financial Services Compensation Scheme limit for poor advice would not address the inherent failures in the scheme’s funding and the way it operates. Last week, FSCS chief executive Mark Neale wrote a blog arguing the £50,000 limit for negligent advice should be scrapped. There is currently no limit to compensation […]

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Neptune video: UK economy: a sustainable recovery?

After years of a slowly brewing economic recovery, the UK has seen a strong rise in growth in recent months. Mark Martin, manager of the Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund, discusses the strength of this recovery and whether it is sustainable.

In the video, Martin addresses the following:

• Structural features supporting the UK economy
• UK mid-caps and the potential for M&A activity
• Valuations and opportunities in house builders

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