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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 […]

Why Newton is going against the grain

With stock markets reaching new highs, many financial commentators share a common belief – global economies are on the road to recovery. Newton’s view of the world, however, is very different. For them, the upturn has been driven by government and central bank policy across the globe, rather than from any real economic recovery. They […]

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Advisers seek compensation for Iress Xplan system failures

A number of advice firms are pursuing Iress for thousands of pounds in refunded fees, after suffering “nightmare” technical problems with its Xplan software. Xplan is an end-to-end system which offers portfolio management, client communication and business management tools. Australian technology provider Iress also owns software programme Adviser Office, following its acquisition of Avelo in […]

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Scottish Widows appoints head of bulk annuities

Scottish Widows has appointed a managing director of bulk annuities and investment strategy as part of a management shake-up. In October Lloyds Banking Group announced Scottish Widows would enter the bulk annuity market. It has now appointed Jeff Sayers, previously insurance divisional risk officer at Lloyds, to lead the proposition. Sayers joined Lloyds in 2013 […]

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Alternative assets: what are they and why invest in them?

Michael Howard, Head of Alternative Investments at Prudential Portfolio Management Group (PPMG), analyses how alternative assets can benefit multi-asset portfolios. As yields have compressed and forward-looking return expectations have fallen in the past few years, investors have sought alternatives to traditional asset classes to supplement their income and boost their total return. Please remember that […]

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