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My three big calls: Henderson’s James de Bunsen

Private equity Many investors still ignore private equity having been burnt during the financial crisis. In the listed space, even the highest quality funds saw their discounts to net asset value explode, often to as much as 80 per cent, on concerns over leverage and unfunded commitments. However, much like public equity markets, the NAVs […]

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FCA in talks with industry and lawyers on insistent clients

The FCA is in discussions with industry representatives and lawyers on its approach to insistent clients. Any saver who wants to ditch their defined benefit scheme for a defined contribution plan to take advantage of the new pension freedoms will be required to take advice before transferring. Industry experts have raised concerns that advisers who […]

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Tories pledge 5-year ‘tax lock’

The Conservatives will introduce a five-year “tax lock” on income tax, VAT and national insurance if they win the general election. Prime minister David Cameron is to pledge legislation within 100 days of assuming office to ensure the taxes do not rise in the next Parliament, the BBC reports. Cameron will say: “This is the clearest choice […]

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Wonga records pre-tax loss following £35m customer redress hit

Controversial payday lender Wonga has reported a pre-tax loss of £37.3m for 2014 after taking a £35m customer remediation hit following an intervention by the FCA. The firm’s full-year results for the 12 months to 31 December 2014, published today, reveal revenues plummeted 31 per cent year-on-year, from £314.7m to £217.2m, driven by a “significant […]

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Don’t bank on a hike just yet

Jonathan Platt, head of fixed income at Royal London Asset Management, highlights three bond market trends this week and says don’t bank on a hike just yet. Read the article here The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors may not […]

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