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‘Almost criminal’: FCA urged to investigate unit-linked guarantees

Industry experts have branded unit-linked guarantees “almost criminal” and called on the FCA to investigate whether the products represent value for money. Unit-linked products, commonly known as guaranteed drawdown, have been touted by providers since the 2014 Budget as a way to offer both guaranteed income and flexibility. But Aviva head of pensions policy John […]

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Man jailed for failing to pay back £460k insider dealing gains

A man has been sentenced to 538 days in jail for failing to pay a confiscation order for insider dealing. Pardip Saini was sentenced to three years and six months in prison in July 2012 and ordered to pay £464,564. He was due to pay the order by 12 March, but £222,047 remains outstanding. At […]

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Major parties accused of using ‘made up’ tax avoidance figures

Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians are using “made up assumptions” of increased revenue generated by targeting tax evasion and avoidance, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Tackling tax evasion and avoidance has proved a huge part of this year’s election campaign since HSBC was found to be aiding clients of its Swiss private […]

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Japanese politics and record-breaking markets

Chris Taylor, Head of Japanese Equities, Neptune The Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) convincing election victory on Sunday means that leader Shinzo Abe is on course to be the longest-serving Japanese prime minister since the Second World War. The LDP and its junior coalition partner Komeito strolled home with 313 seats, meaning they were able to […]

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