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Bills to set out pension reform

The Queen’s speech put forward a bill for state pension reform and possibly another bill on personal accounts.

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Balls says bars don’t cut off complaints

Treasury Economic Secretary Ed Balls has weighed into the debate on time bars, saying endowment providers have a duty to consider complaints regardless of the time-barring rules.In a letter to Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell, Balls said the time-barring rules only apply to the ability of the Financial Ombudsman Service to examine the complaint and FSA […]

CML sees the outlook for repossessions improving

The Council of Mortgage Lenders says the outlook for arrears and repossessions is improving despite last week’s bank base rate rise.It says it may have to review its forecast of 15,000 repossessions in 2007 after observing an improving market in the past few months.The CML has reported that there were 8,140 repossessions in the first […]

L&G will give 1bn to shareholders

Legal & General is planning to release 1bn cash to shareholders in the next two years as part of a wider capital restructuring. The cash will be returned through a combination of special dividends and share buybacks.

Europe: Domestic backdrop & China impact

By Rob Burnett, Head of European Equities In recent weeks equities have been buffeted by two shocks occurring at the same time: China’s devaluation of the renminbi and the prospect of the US Federal Reserve (Fed) raising interest rates. The market is not comfortable with the Fed raising rates at the same time that China […]

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