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The £47bn merger of Royal Dutch Shell with BG Group could be one of the biggest of the past 10 years, with the resulting company having a value of more than £200bn.  If the deal goes through, the combined company would be worth 9 per cent of the FTSE 100 and around 7.5 per cent of […]

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Labour plans mandatory ‘cooling-off period’ amid pension fraud concerns

Labour wants to force DC providers to offer savers a “cooling-off period” when they access their pension pot in order to better protect against fraud. Labour says the rules would come into action when customers approach, or are approached by, a provider on how to invest their savings. The party says the requirement would only apply […]

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Towergate Financial rebrands as Wren Sterling

Towergate Financial has rebranded to Wren Sterling following a management buyout. The new name will cover Towergate’s 110-strong adviser business. Mortgage broker John Charcol is expected to retain its existing identity. Palatine Private Equity completed a £14m deal in support of last month’s management buyout, backing Towergate Financial chief executive Warren Page to lead the […]

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Profile: Openwork’s new chief on the dearth of advisers

When Openwork chief executive Mark Duckworth speaks about the drop in adviser numbers since the late 1980s the figures sound astonishing: 285,000 advisers serving a UK population of 50 million in 1989, compared with 23,000 advisers available for 64 million people today. Put another way, there are currently around 200,000 consumers for every adviser when, […]

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