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MAS adviser directory branded ‘not fit for purpose’

The Money Advice Service’s directory of at-retirement advisers has been branded “not fit for purpose” after it launched with a number of technical issues.  The directory is in beta mode and features 4,500 advisers from 1,200 firms. Those using the Government’s Pension Wise guidance service will be pointed to the directory if they wish to […]

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Heiress convicted of HSBC tax fraud

The heir to the Nina Ricci perfume and fashion fortune has been convicted of tax fraud by hiding millions in an offshore HSBC account. The BBC reports a Parisian court has sentenced Arlette Ricci to a year in prison, plus given an additional two-year suspended sentence. Ricci was also ordered to pay a fine of […]

SimplyBiz ditches sale and IPO plans

Support services and compliance firm SimplyBiz has shelved plans to sell the business or launch an IPO and is instead exploring alternative funding options to remain independent. In January, SimplyBiz confirmed it was considering floating the business on the Alternative Investment Market or selling a stake in the firm to a trade buyer or private […]

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Japan’s Nikkei passes 20,000 level

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index has edged past the 20,000 barrier in early trading for the first time since April 2000. The BBC reports the index hit 20,004.99 before falling to 19,907.63 at the close. Markets were buoyed by US energy stocks and a strong performance by Fast Retailing, Asia’s largest clothing retailer. Earlier this […]

Is three a crowd?

The pension versus Isa debate has raged on and off for years. Les Cameron, head of technical at Prudential, asks if three’s a crowd.   I think the debate was arguably settled by pensions freedom when the biggest downside of pensions – limited access and poor death benefits – was fundamentally changed. Total access, albeit with […]

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