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Brave New World: The highlights from our retirement conference

Six months on from pension freedoms, Money Marketing‘s recent Brave New World conference examined what impact the reforms are having on savers, the new products that are emerging, and the challenges that remain.

Recapping on the discussion from the events in Edinburgh, Manchester and London, Money Marketing editor Natalie Holt talks to Canada Life technical manager Nigel Orange, LV= technical development manager John Davis, and Retirement Advantage pensions technical director Andrew Tully.

The events also threw up some interesting discussion points around mitigating risk at retirement, and whether the industry needs to rethink traditional approaches to risk and asset allocation.



Investment Association disbands regulatory unit as SJP exits

The Investment Association has disbanded its regulatory affairs unit in an attempt to cut costs after three of its biggest members announced their intention to quit the trade body this year. The head of the regulatory affairs unit at the trade body, Richard Metcalfe, as well as a member of his team have been pushed […]


Opinion poll

The report (Money Marketing, October 25) that Marlborough Stirling&#39s research has found that 53 per cent of people prefer not to meet their financial adviser in person flies in the face of general perceptions. It also contradicts other (perhaps more disinterested) research studies as well. Typically, you would expect to find that some 70 per […]


Ex-adviser found guilty of cheating HMRC through film investment scheme

A former adviser has been found guilty of conspiring to cheat the public revenue by attracting investors to a film investment scheme to evade paying tax. The Times reports former Greystone Financial Services director Neil Williams-Denton was convicted yesterday, and was also convicted in an earlier linked trial in September. Separately, three former City traders […]

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FCA eyes enforcement over wealth manager failings

Wealth managers are failing clients on suitability, with two-thirds of firms falling short of the FCA’s expectations, a thematic review has found. The FCA is considering enforcement action against five of the 15 firms it reviewed as they need to undertake “significant remediation programmes to raise standards”. The regulator is also considering forcing the firms to […]

Japan Economic Insight

James Dowey, Chief Economist, and Paul Caruana-Galizia, Economist

The conventional wisdom is that following a roughly 50 per cent rise in the stock market in 2013 in Yen terms, the Japan trade is over and done*. So the story goes, those big gains were due to a one-off boost from quantitative easing (QE) and a depreciation of the Yen — policies that one should think of as a palliative to Japan’s economic weakness, but not a cure. Rather the cure, and by implication the necessary condition for a longer-term investment case, is deep structural reforms — a painstaking re-weaving of Japan’s economic and social fabric, no less. The story continues: this is a much tougher test than launching a blast of QE, and one that prime minister Shinzo Abe, although well intentioned and well supported by the public thus far, is likely to fail. Stick a fork in Japan, it’s done…continue reading


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