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Alan Lakey: Who’s regulating the regulator?

There is continual grouching and cursing over the FCA’s apparent ability to avoid attempts to curtail its excesses and bring it to book for dubious practices.  Many now want an independent body to oversee the FCA’s performance and expenditure, and with enough clout to halt foolish endeavours and unbalanced regulation. The Regulators’ Code was introduced […]


Tech boost for Nucleus and Aviva as Bravura upgrades

Platform software provider Bravura is upgrading platform clients to a new technology system later this year. Aviva and Nucleus currently use Bravura technology with Ascentric set to adopt the technology either later this year or early 2015. Fidelity will move to Bravura’s technology later this year. UK platforms currently operate on Bravura’s Talisman system though […]

Martin Wheatley

FCA sets budget at £446m; Advisers to pay third of costs

The FCA has set its 2014/15 annual budget at £446.4m, with almost a third of the costs falling on advisers. The budget represents a 3 per cent increase from £432.1m for 2013/14. In its business plan, published today, the FCA says there is a £10m underspend from last year’s budget which will be offset against […]


Pensions minister Steve Webb hints at reprieve for private sector DB transfers

Pensions minister Steve Webb has hinted at a reprieve for defined benefit scheme members after the Government threatened to ban them from transferring out into defined contribution arrangements. The Government has already said it will prevent public sector DB members from leaving the pension scheme to take advantage of DC liberalisations announced by Chancellor George […]

Investment clock economic update

In the latest Investment Clock economic update, Ian Kernohan, Senior Economist at Royal London Asset Management, discusses the implications of the US Federal Reserve’s recent hike in interest rates and upcoming French presidential election. The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and […]


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