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FCA to crack down on ambulance chasers

Claims management companies must be more specific on separate permissions and competency when they under the remit of the FCA, according to HM Treasury. Under rules proposed in the Treasury’s latest consultation paper, claims management companies will operate under six sectors – housing disrepair, industrial injuries disablement benefit, personal industry, financial products and services, criminal […]

Martin Tilley: Keeping on top of Sipp proposition dilution

Knowing what assets each operator will accept and with what conditions is becoming increasingly difficult The recent well-publicised events concerning Sipp operator asset acceptance have focused the mind of a number of advisers. We have been fielding enquiries about our own Sipp and the asset classes we as a Sipp operator would consider. But this […]

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Fears over investment trust sales as new disclosure hikes costs

Investment trust sales may come under pressure due to new EU rules, experts have warned. The potential benefits of gearing on investment trusts risk being overlooked as new cost reporting rules make them look more expensive compared with open-ended funds. Traditionally, closed-ended funds have looked attractive based on lower costs compared with other structures, as […]

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FCA’s Bailey ups push for cooperative Brexit and open markets

FCA chief executive Andrew Bailey is calling for regulators to back a proposed implementation period after Brexit to avoid an economic “cliff edge”. Speaking at The International Financial Services Forum today, Bailey continued pushing for cooperation between the British and European regulators, this time pointing to preserving financial stability. He says: “Brexit has global implications, […]

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Pru adviser under fire over transfer value confusion

Prudential must compensate a customer whose transfer value was significantly reduced after a meeting with an in-house adviser. According to a Financial Ombudsman Service decision, the customer, called Mr L, was told on 2 March 2017 that the transfer value for his pension policy was £141,981. He met with a Prudential adviser, who recommended he […]

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Neil MacGillivray: When expression of wish forms can let clients down

Clients cannot always rely on pension providers to follow their wishes when it comes to beneficiaries on death Headlines earlier this year drew attention to a startling statistic that 750,000 people coming up to retirement are at risk of their pension being passed on to an ex-partner when they die because they have not updated […]

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Transact chief bullish as assets tick up

Transact saw funds under direction marginally increase to £29.8bn in the second quarter of 2018, according to a stock exchange announcement from parent IntegraFin Holdings. IntegraFin listed on the London Stock Exchange in March with a £650m valuation. In a Q2 update today, the company says funds under direction at the close of the three-month […]

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State pension costs continue to rise

The Department for Work and Pensions expects to spend £96.6bn on the state pension in 2018/19, a 3 per cent increase on the year before. The DWP has detailed its cost estimates in a memorandum sent to the work and pensions select committee, published on its website yesterday. The latest forecast for state pension costs […]