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Divorcees to share PPF payouts

Pensions minister Mike O’Brien says legislation will be drawn up to allow Pension Protection Fund compensation to be shared in divorce settlements.

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Tories want assurance on means test

The Tories say they will not vote for pension personal accounts unless the issues of means-testing and ensuring light-touch regulation are dealt with.In an interview with the Financial Times this week, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Chris Grayling says the Government must counter the damage that means-testing could do to the scheme.He says: “The reality […]

Dampier backs experience

Hargreaves Lansdown head of research Mark Dampier has blasted Towry Law chief executive Andrew Fisher for rating qualifications over experience.Dampier went on the attack after Fisher last week branded experienced financial advisers who do not want to undertake study for further qualifications as “frankly pathetic”.He says: “Andrew Fisher used the analogy of seeing a doctor […]

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At the end of last month, I published the interim report of the independent review of generic financial advice that I am leading on behalf of the Treasury.

Japan: mid-year review and outlook

By Chris Taylor, Manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund H1 2014 Economy: after a harsh winter that slowed activity in the economy, the main event of the first half of the year has been the debate over what impact the 1 April VAT hike from five to eight per cent would have; we are […]

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