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The Government has capitalised on a rally in Lloyds Banking Group shares following last week’s election result and reduced its stake in the bank to below 20 per cent. The Financial Times reports the Treasury will say as early as this week that it has cut its stake in Lloyds from 21 per cent to […]

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Steve Owen: Transparency is not always simple

The intention of the FCA’s platform charging rules was to make the way investors pay for platforms explicit and more transparent. At the time, the regulator said the new rules were designed to remove fund manager bias and “allow both investors and advisers to compare the costs of investing through different platforms and make an […]

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Openwork launches chartered status study programme

Openwork is launching a study programme for advisers looking to attain chartered status. The Route to Chartered Status programme is open to principals, advisers and paraplanners. It will initially deliver face-to-face support at Openwork’s headquarters in Swindon, and subject to demand will offer face-to-face courses at a number of additional locations. Each advanced study module […]

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Industry urges FCA clarity on pension transfer rules

The FCA needs to urgently clarify when new advice requirements on pension transfers will be applied, organisations across the pensions industry are warning. In its response to the regulator’s consultation on changes to pension transfer rules, the National Association of Pension Funds says conflicting definitions of money purchase benefits risk confusing when advice needs to […]

Time to stop the salami slicing on tax relief

Steve Webb  – Director of Policy and External Communications As the Autumn Statement approaches, Steve Webb calls for the Government to stop tinkering with tax relief. Twice a year, in the run-up to the Spring Budget and the Autumn Statement, we face a torrent of speculation as to what changes the Chancellor might make to […]

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