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Asset allocation: Rathbones’ David Coombs on why euro QE is four years too late

The European Central Bank’s decision to finally kickstart a quantitative easing strategy has in turn spurred much elation with many fund managers upping their allocation to the embattled region. The Bank’s €60bn-a-month bond buying programme has raised hopes that not only will the initiative help repair the currency bloc’s economy but that it will push […]

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Providers mandate advice on internal pension transfers

Providers are demanding customers take advice before transferring from old to modern schemes to access the new pension freedoms. Advisers are already being used by the Government as a defence against people making poor retirement decisions. The Government has said people must take advice before transferring out of defined benefit schemes. An FCA consultation published […]

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Conservatives to appoint Ros Altmann consumer protection minister

Ros Altmann is to be made a peer and appointed as a minister responsible for financial consumer protection and education, if the Conservatives are in government after the election. Altmann’s first task will be to lead a review of the pension reforms, including the future of the Money Advice Service and whether a charge cap […]

Japan: mid-year review and outlook

By Chris Taylor, Manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund H1 2014 Economy: after a harsh winter that slowed activity in the economy, the main event of the first half of the year has been the debate over what impact the 1 April VAT hike from five to eight per cent would have; we are […]

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