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Invesco Perpetual: Woodford leaving was a good thing

When Neil Woodford announced he was leaving Invesco Perpetual to set up his own fund management business, the industry oscillated between eagerly anticipating his next venture and questioning how Invesco Perpetual would cope without arguably its biggest asset. After all, the top dog of equity income, Woodford had spent the bulk of his career at […]

Towers Watson and Threadneedle parent circle Russell Investments

Towers Watson and Threadneedle Investments’ parent company are among the bidders circling Russell Investments, the US asset manager being sold by the London Stock Exchange Group. The FT reports an auction process for the business is now in the second round. Russell Investments has $273bn (£177bn) in funds under management and is expected to be […]

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Phoenix signs up to Just Retirement simplified advice service

Closed book insurer Phoenix is the first provider to sign up to Just Retirement’s new simplified advice service. The deal means retiring customers who do not have an adviser will be able to get personal recommendations over the phone on how to use their pension pot, including whether to keep their funds invested, take lump […]

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Lib Dems would allow councils to double tax on second homes

The Liberal Democrats is to announce plans to give local authorities power to double council tax on second homes. The announcement comes as part of a “Countryside Charter” unveiled today in Cornwall by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. The Lib Dems hope that by allowing councils to charge up to 200 per cent council tax, […]

Onshore bonds: Still going strong 

Onshore bonds are a once-beloved product, now seemingly ignored by many advisers in favour of the supposedly more glamorous international investment bonds or collective investments. Yes, most onshore bonds don’t have ‘open architecture’ and none deliver exemption from tax on capital gains at fund level or the ability for investors to use their annual exemption […]

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