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US dividends up for the fifth time in Q1

US companies paid out a record $99.4bn (£63.3bn) in the first quarter of 2015, up 14.8 per cent year-on-year, the Henderson Global Dividend Index shows. The rise in dividends marks the fifth consecutive quarter of double digit increases, despite a surge in the US dollar. North American companies spread their payments more evenly over the […]

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Advisers back away from DB transfers

Just one in four advisers are willing to work on transfers out of defined benefit pension schemes, boosting calls for new regulatory guidance. A survey of 248 advisers conducted by NMG Consulting found just 27 per cent would undertake DB transfers, while around half said they they would not. A quarter of respondents were undecided. […]

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Pensions governance committees ‘retirement homes’ for industry veterans

Consumer champions have branded the new Independent Governance Committees for contract-based schemes “retirement homes for financial services executives, actuaries and investment bankers”. But providers have hit back, claiming the committees provide greater consumer protection than trust-based schemes. The requirement for governance committees to be established for auto-enrolment schemes was introduced following the Office of Fair […]

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Axa platform to pay exit fees for transferring customers

Customers transferring to Axa Self Investor will be able to claim up £750 per person to pay any exit fees levied by ceding providers. The offer is open to new and existing investors who submit a transfer request between 1 May 2015 and 31 July 2015. However, claims must be made within 30 days of […]

Simple yet sophisticated: the benefits of DFM investing

Nick Georgiadis, Head of DFM at Cazenove Capital, describes the benefits of a discretionary approach to investing — it enables advisers to escape the burden of research, provides a more sophisticated investment solution and, most importantly, helps meet return objectives of clients with the lowest possible risk. He also explains how to overcome the challenges […]

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