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Vanguard launches D2C investment platform

Vanguard launches D2C platform in the UK with fees at 0.15 per cent Vanguard, one of the world’s largest fund groups, has launched its direct-to-consumer online platform for the UK mass-market investors. In October, Money Marketing first revealed Vanguard’s plans to launch the service as part of a “10-year plus strategy”. The new platform will […]

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SFO investigates pension schemes over alleged fraud

The Serious Fraud Office has opened an investigation into a number of pension schemes holding around £120m in higher risk assets over potential fraud. In an alert on its website, published yesterday, the SFO said it was looking into alleged fraudulent activity at the Capita Oak Pension and Henley Retirement Benefit schemes, as well as […]

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DFM enters administration

3,000 clients may have to turn to FSCS to get their money back Investment management firm Strand Capital has been put into special administration, the FCA has announced. Strand has around 3,000 clients, and brands itself as a “modern discretionary fund management” service. It offers five risk rated portfolios from conservative through to adventurous as […]

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How much are advisers charging for pension transfers?

Defined benefit pension transfer charges are being put under the microscope again as the regulator turns over more potential conflicts of interest. With the British Steel Pension Scheme the latest to dominate headlines and the FCA ready to interrogate further as it extends its review to include all firms authorised to give pension transfer advice, […]

UK: mid-year review and outlook

By Mark Martin, manager of the Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund, and Scott MacLennan, manager of the Neptune UK Opportunities Fund H1 2014• Equity markets continued to show strength: despite a strong rally in 2013 driven by a market-wide re-rating, equity markets continued to generate positive returns for investors. Economic activity continued to be stimulated […]

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