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George Osborne re-appointed as Chancellor

George Osborne is to retain his position as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the next parliament, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. Osborne has held the role since the Conservatives returned to power in coalition in 2010, and his appointment is the first word from Cameron on the make up of a Conservative government since his […]

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Profile: Openwork’s new chief on the dearth of advisers

When Openwork chief executive Mark Duckworth speaks about the drop in adviser numbers since the late 1980s the figures sound astonishing: 285,000 advisers serving a UK population of 50 million in 1989, compared with 23,000 advisers available for 64 million people today. Put another way, there are currently around 200,000 consumers for every adviser when, […]

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Martin Tilley: Words of warning on toxic transfers

The new pension freedoms are finally here and, as both national and trade press have reported, there is huge interest in the drawdown flexibility and more favourable treatment of funds remaining on death. Much of this interest will come from members of defined benefit schemes who previously enjoyed neither the flexibility of income nor, in […]

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Chris Gilchrist: A vision of the future

Mo wakes me at 6am because one of my New Year’s resolutions was to rise half an hour earlier. Using silent mode, she tells me: “we’ve had an upgrade”. I have learnt the difference between “we” and “I”. “We” means Mo and 200 million similar devices, the data cloud they link to and the AIs […]

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UK housebuilders: political risk on the rise

Mark Martin, Head of UK Equities, Neptune As expected, the Autumn Budget contained multiple policies directed towards the Government’s stated desire to support home ownership and housebuilding.  It did not include any significant measures to solve the housing shortage, however. Read article Important information Investment risks Neptune funds may have a high historic volatility rating […]

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