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US dividends up for the fifth time in Q1

US companies paid out a record $99.4bn (£63.3bn) in the first quarter of 2015, up 14.8 per cent year-on-year, the Henderson Global Dividend Index shows. The rise in dividends marks the fifth consecutive quarter of double digit increases, despite a surge in the US dollar. North American companies spread their payments more evenly over the […]

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FCA fines Merrill Lynch International £13m over transaction reporting

The FCA has fined Merrill Lynch International £13.3m for transaction reporting failures. The regulator says MLI incorrectly reported over 35 million transactions, and failed to report a further 121,387 transactions between November 2007 and November 2014. The fine is the highest ever imposed by the regulator for transaction reporting failures. The FCA says the size […]

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Attivo acquires four IFAs

Attivo has acquired four IFA businesses and says it is on track to complete a further seven deals this year. The chartered financial planning and wealth management firm has acquired Hertfordshire-based Porter DeVere, which was 130 active clients, and London-based Lifetime Financial Partnership, which has 180 active clients. Attivo has also bought Worcester-based Morgan Fitzgerald […]

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Ian McKenna: Shaking up the mortgage advice market

While the mortgage advice industry is clearly now in far better shape than it was just a few years ago, when it comes to innovation I cannot help feeling it is the poor relation compared to the investment advice market. There is certainly far less competition in terms of leading edge solutions to meet consumers’ […]

Time for a new approach to asset allocation

Trevor Greetham, RLAM’s head of multi asset, introduces the recentlylaunched RL GMAPs. Asset allocation has become an increasingly difficult challenge for investors and advisers in the years since the financial crisis. Sometimes violent price swings in stock and commodity markets coupled with the collapse in the rate of interest on bonds have made it harder […]

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