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Connaught warning

The FSA is warning Connaught Asset Management investors that promotional material for the Series 1 and 2 income funds does not explain clearly enough that “fixed interest payments” depend on performance of investments in the funds.

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Taxbriefs: Sharp rise in cost of advice

The cost of advice will increase as IFAs move to adviser-charging models, says Taxbriefs editorial director Danby Bloch. He said: “The cost of advice will go up quite a lot in net terms. Fees will be received in exchange for advice and the client will pay them out of net income. If you combine the […]

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India: Modi, reform and the oil price fall

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