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University College launches pension transfer qualification

Financial education organisation ifs University College has launched a new pension transfer qualification following the FCA’s proposals to tighten advice in the area. Last month, the regulator revealed plans to require all transfers out of defined benefit schemes to be undertaken by advisers with a pension transfer specialist qualification. Transfers from other “safeguarded benefits”, such […]

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China growth at lowest since 2009

China’s GDP grew by 7 per cent between January and March, its slowest pace since the financial crisis in 2009. The BBC reports the rate fell from 7.3 per cent for the previous three months. Last year China missed its annual growth of 7.5 per cent for the first time in 15 years, with growth […]

Labour won’t pursue heavy-handed regulation

A Labour government would avoid heavy-handed regulation, according to shadow chancellor Ed Balls, despite plans for a bank bonus tax and to raise the top rate of income tax. Speaking to the Financial Times, Balls said that Labour would seek to institute a 50p income tax rate throughout the next parliament, but would also seek […]

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