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Pimfa warns no-deal Brexit will hurt advisers

Advice and wealth management trade body Pimfa has warned that a no-deal Brexit could hurt the investment community and its clients. Despite the approval of the Government’s Chequers and White Paper proposals, the trade body formed of the merger of Apfa and the WMA last year, believes walking away with no-deal is still a “distinct […]

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Phil Young: Where have the advantages of technology gone?

It could be said the benefits of efficiency have been pocketed by financial services executives, instead of being passed to consumers It is hard not to be disappointed by technology in financial services. Surrounded by gadgets and gizmos which amuse and distract us to the point of madness, workplace technology will always seem pedestrian. The […]

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How bond investors can exploit news-driven market dislocations

Long-term investors can sidestep the impact of short-lived news flow and steer portfolios through this shift in monetary policy Global central banks, led by the US Federal Reserve, have taken the initial steps along the path of monetary policy normalisation by scaling back quantitative easing programmes and raising base interest rates. As the period in […]

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FCA hits out at ‘spurious complexity’ in platform charges

FCA director of competition Mary Starks has described instances of “spurious complexity” in platform charging in the wake of the regulator’s review of the market this morning. Speaking to Money Marketing, Starks notes findings that, particularly on the direct to consumer side, platforms can levy between 15 and 35 different fees in total, and use […]

Three catalysts for European equities

By Rob Burnett, Manager of the Neptune European Opportunities Fund In recent weeks, the bear case for European equities has become more pronounced on the back of weaker-than-expected GDP data and deflation concerns. This softening in economic momentum has led some investors to question whether the ECB is behind the curve and indeed whether it […]

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