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Investment fraudster charged with perverting course of justice

A trader convicted of fraud in a £5m investment scam now faces additional charges of perverting the course of justice. In January 2015, the FCA successfully scored a conviction against Alex Hope after he ran a collective investment scheme without authorisation. Hope told investors that he was an exceptional foreign exchange trader, and could double […]

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Are criticisms of ETFs justified?

Passive funds have come under attack as having the potential to cause the next market crash due to their structure and the way they are managed. Baillie Gifford partner and fund manager Charles Plowden has recently condemned  ETFs as “dumb money” and compared them with the complex packaged trading instruments – such as collateralised debt obligations […]

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SimplyBiz signs another DB transfer deal after outsourced adviser exits

Support service provider SimplyBiz has signed a third new deal for defined benefit transfer advice work after its original partner pulled out of the marketplace. In an email to members seen by Money Marketing, compliance director Gary Kershaw apologises for any inconvenience caused by Crowborough-based advice firm CFPML’s decision to exit the DB transfer marketplace. […]

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Mifid II checklist: Are you ready?

The implementation date for Mifid II (3 January) is rapidly approaching, with seasonal celebrations reducing preparation time further. Now is the time to conduct a self-assessment to establish your firm’s state of readiness. Mifid II affects investment advice and discretionary management firms differently, so your actions will be tailored to your firm type. In addition, advice […]

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