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Steve Bee: Employers tied in knots by red tape on pensions

Many of my friends are ex-teachers, having retired from the profession. We were recently talking about how valuable the teachers’ pension scheme has been to them in building a decent amount to retire on and bemoaning the fact the next generations are unlikely to have such benefits provided through the generosity of their employers. Our […]

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Barclays mulling merger with rival bank, reports suggest

Barclays could be set for a tie up with a competitor bank in the wake of pressure from one of its largest shareholders. The Financial Times reports that names in the frame include Standard Chartered, which two people close to the situation say was a favoured option of Barclays chairman John McFarlane and potentially supported […]

Profile: Smart Financial boss on his lifestyle planning lightbulb moment

Smart Financial chief executive on his lifestyle planning epiphany and how it led to his training academy  Before becoming a certified financial planner in 2005, Smart Financial chief executive Steve Martin admits to not having the skills and tools to join the dots between what people had and what they wanted. With the certificate, everything changed. […]

UK Equities: looking past short volatility

By Mark Martin, head of UK Equities, Neptune With markets facing numerous challenges this year, Neptune’s Mark Martin, manager of the UK Mid Cap Fund, and assistant manager Holly Cassell explain how they look past short-term volatility to focus on maintaining a strong long-term performance record. Read more here Important Information – for investment professionals only. […]

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