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Wrap warning over pensionsWrap
propositions will be limited in their ability to take advantage of
the restructuring of pension investment ahead of A-Day because they
do not offer fully integrated pension facilities, says financial
research company Defaqto. Its report says the lack of integration and
doubts about the scope of investments permitted means take-up of
wraps by Sipp investors will be held back.

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