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Vanguard: Mifid II fails to address conflict of interest concerns

Mifid II does not go as far as the RDR in addressing conflict of interest issues across Europe, says Vanguard head of retail Nick Blake, leaving room for a third or even fourth iteration of the rules. The Mifid II changes are designed to strengthen protections for retail investors across the EU through limits to […]

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Think-tank: UK market still well suited to annuities despite pension freedoms

Despite the pension reforms the UK market remains well suited to annuitisation, influential think-tank the Pensions Policy Institute says. In a report, sponsored by the Investment Association and The People’s Pension, the PPI compares the UK system with Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the US. It says that despite the new freedoms – which allow […]

Bank of England error wipes £13bn off gilt sales

An error by the Bank of England overstated the amount of government bonds it sold by £13.4bn. A notice of error was posted on the bank’s website explaining that a clerical error led to it stating that £28.2bn of British government bonds had been bought by foreign buyers in February when the actual figure was […]

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