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Cover story: And they’re off

Almost three weeks on from pension freedoms finally “going live” we have just about enough information to see that the stampede to strip pots of cash originally feared has not transpired. Certainly the Government’s Pension Wise service has not been put under the strain first expected. A total of 1,800 appointments were booked by the time […]

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Partnership eyes platform tie-up as annuity slump continues

Partnership is working on plans to tie up with a platform in the second half of the year as the specialist provider looks to counter a 73 per cent fall in individual annuities. In its results for the three months to the 31 March, published today, Partnership says it is working with a third party […]

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Regulatory costs force Norfolk advice firm to close

Regulatory costs have been blamed for the closure of a Norfolk IFA just days after advisers saw their FSCS levies almost double to £100m. In a statement on its website, Norwich-based advice firm Taylor & Taylor says regulatory changes have made continuing as a business unviable. It says: “We very much appreciate the support provided […]

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Leeds Building Society loosens interest-only criteria

Leeds Building Society has loosened its interest-only criteria and now lends up to 75 per cent LTV on a part and part basis. Previously, the lender offered interest-only mortgages to a maximum LTV of 50 per cent. Now, however, it will lend to 75 per cent LTV, with a maximum of 50 per cent LTV […]

Brazil’s Lula: conviction upheld

Brazil’s 4th  Federal Regional Court of Appeals (TRF-4) has upheld former president Lula’s criminal conviction on charges of money laundering and passive corruption. Neptune’s Thomas Smith looks at the potential outcomes, explaining why Brazil’s tail risks are being removed. Read more Important Information Investment risks Neptune funds may have a high historic volatility rating and past […]

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