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RBS agrees to pay $4.9bn to US

Royal Bank of Scotland has agreed to pay the US Department of Justice $4.9bn (£3.6bn), paving the way for the British government to sell more shares in the bank. RBS said the settlement was agreed on Wednesday night and most of the sum is already covered. The prospect of a heavy fine by US authorities […]

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FOS fields 40 cases over collapsed Sipp provider

The Financial Ombudsman Service has confirmed it is dealing with just under 40 open cases against collapsed Sipp provider Lifetime Sipp. The Lifetime Sipp Company, which entered administration this month, was found to have links to unregulated investment schemes, and has now appointed Kingston Smith and Partners as its administrator. Lifetime Sipp has not disclosed why it […]

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Unleashing the full potential of investment bonds using SPS

Investment bonds have many virtues and some restrictions. However, it is possible to get far more from them if you take the right approach. Why choose an investment bond? The use of different tax wrappers can produce different outcomes for investors and with increasing awareness and knowledge, advisers are seeking more variety in the assets […]

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