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By Steve Webb, director of policy The British obsession with homeownership can have dangerous consequences. A recent survey by Barings¹ found that up to three million people of working age were planning to rely wholly on the value of their home to fund their retirement. We are not talking about people investing in buy-to-let or […]

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SFO seeks retrial of ex-Barclays Libor traders

The Serious Fraud Office is seeking a retrial of two former Barclays Libor traders, whose previous trial came to an end last week. Traders Ryan Reich and Stelios Contogoulas were trialled previously, but a jury failed to reach a decision, following two weeks of deliberation. At the same trial three former employees of Barclays were found […]

What exactly is product innovation?

By Fiona Tait, Pensions Specialist Ros Altmann reportedly hoped for more product innovation following pension freedom¹ and, according to one poll, 66 per cent of advisers also believe that providers should be doing more². This article considers whether there is a real client need for new products, or whether we should be focusing our attention on efficient delivery […]

Chris Davies: Getting back in step with clients

Any behavioural scientist will tell you that if your body language mirrors a significant other for a period of time a subconscious bonding takes place that creates empathy and rapport. Why, then, does the financial services industry not take this into account, particularly when it comes to customer service proposition design? Our latest research testing the […]

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Investment bonds and care costs

In the UK the election campaigns run by the various political parties have included statements and debates around long-term care provision, and the cost of care that could be covered by the state. The cost of care has been increasing and the problem around funding for care will continue to grow over the coming years […]

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