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Octopus to offer VCTs through Transact

Octopus Investments is to allow investors to buy and hold shares in its Venture Capital Trusts through adviser-facing platform Transact for the first time.  The launch of the service follows a change announced in the Finance Bill 2014 which allows investors to buy VCTs directly via a platform. Previously, investors could only transfer their holding to […]

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Banks to plead guilty over forex rigging

Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland are set to plead guilty this week to charges of rigging the foreign exchange market, with fines running into almost £3bn. The two banks are among the institutions that have been under investigation of manipulation of currency benchmarks since 2013. The Sunday Times reports both are set to accept substantial […]

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Tony Wickenden: A segmented approach to retirement planning

Almost everything you read around the new rules for retirement income planning talks of the inevitable expansion of a blended approach to investing. This, so the logic goes, is the response to managing the four key conflicting pressures at play for those looking to plan for their retirement: longevity, inflation, lack of flexibility and volatility. […]

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UK housebuilders: A concrete investment?

By Mark Martin, Head of UK Equities, Neptune UK housebuilders have performed strongly in recent times, rising in excess of 400 per cent since the financial crisis. But with house price growth slowing and construction workloads decreasing, do UK housebuilder stocks represent a concrete investment? Read more Important information – For professional investors only. Investment Risks […]

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