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Balls unsure about future of advice

New Treasury economic secretary Ed Balls told the Treasury select committee this week he is unsure about the future of basic advice and that changes are needed to ensure better balance between simplicity and regulation.

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US firm AIG is understood to be entering into the bulk annuity market in the UK. The firm will be launching with the technical support of outsourcing firm Higham Group. AIG has been linked with the possible acquisition of Prudential, one of the biggest suppliers of bulk annuities in the UK.

Speculation surrounds Synaptic

Adviser software provider Synaptic denies it is up for sale despite industry speculation the firm has put itself on the market. Synaptic chief executive Selwyn Herring, who owns 10 per cent, says approaches have been made but he is not willing to sell although he cannot vouch for the intentions of venture capital firm New […]

Leaked letter reveals DWP pressure to retain RU64

The Department for Work and Pensions is pressurising the FSA to retain the RU64 rules ahead of this week’s White Paper which will set up the national pension savings scheme. The FSA was expected to abolish RU64, brought in to accompany stakeholder pensions, at a board meeting this week. In a letter to Work and […]

Gartmore MBO announcement imminent

Gartmore is likely to announce the terms of the private equity-backed management buy out of the investment house “either later today or early tomorrow morning” according to a company spokesman.US group Hellman & Friedman are currently finalising the legal details of the agreement which will be expected to lock in a number of the company’s […]

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