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Anti-avoidance rules will have little impact’

Axa IM and Scottish Equitable say tighter rules on anti-avoidance vehicles for pre-owned asset tax, inheritance tax and capital gains tax will have little impact on the market but both welcomed the clarity that Chancellor Gordon Brown provided on capital redemption bonds being exempt from CGT.

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The European Commission is standing by proposals to vet new rules thoroughly and stop a wave of new regulation hitting EU financial markets over the next five years. In its long-awaited white paper outlining the EC’s regulatory priorities until 2010, the commission pledges to deploy open, transparent policy-making and impact assessments before introducing new rules. […]

IFAs facing new wave of with-profits complaints

The IFA sector could face a new spate of with-profits complaints after the Financial Ombudsman Service fined IFAs for failing to tell customers about MVAs that were being applied to existing policyholders when they sold policies, according to Aifa. The concerns stem from a series of recent cases where the FOS upheld complaints against IFAs […]

Standard rejects 3.5m sipp uturn costs

Standard Life has rejected newspaper reports suggesting the provider has wasted up to 3.5m due to the Chancellor’s recent uturn on sipp legislation, instead putting the figure at 0.5m.The report says the costs come from overhauling its systems, developing its sipp offering, marketing literature and a legal team focusing on the proposed new rules that […]

FSA freezes out 600 rogue M&GI firms

The FSA says it has kept more than 600 unsuitable mortgage and general insurance firms out of the industry since the start of regulation. FSA records show that, at the first stage of the authorisation process, approximately 550 M&GI firms either withdrew or were refused permission to conduct business. At the second stage of the […]

In search of value? Banks and the sectors leading Europe’s recovery

By Rob Burnett, head of European equities, Neptune  After nine years of underperformance versus quality growth, Rob Burnett, manager of the Neptune European Opportunities Fund, believes that value strategies have reached an inflection point. Watch Rob discuss why he believes value is well positioned to resume its historical trend of outperformance. Click here to watch […]

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