Apfa has written to the major political parties to urge a rethink of what it terms an “unjustifiable” 10 per cent increase in advisers’ FCA fees. In a paper on proposed fees published in March, the FCA said A13 advisers will pay £74.9m in 2015/16, up by 10 per cent from £68m in 2014/15. The […]
Advisers waiting for a flood of products to meet the demands of the new pension freedoms have been told to expect “evolution, not revolution”. Pension freedom day finally arrived this week, giving savers greater control over their pensions than ever before. Commentators have predicted there will not be a flurry of new products to serve […]
Deutsche Bank is set to be hit with a fine worth more than $1.5bn(£1.02bn) in what would be the biggest penalty imposed for manipulating Libor. The German bank is in negotiations with agencies in the UK and US to settle the allegations in which a Deutsche Bank subsidiary could also plead guilty as part of a […]
Closed book insurer Phoenix is the first provider to sign up to Just Retirement’s new simplified advice service. The deal means retiring customers who do not have an adviser will be able to get personal recommendations over the phone on how to use their pension pot, including whether to keep their funds invested, take lump […]
By Rob Burnett, Neptune European Opportunities Fund
In recent months, investors have become more pessimistic about both the European and the US economic outlook and yet stockmarkets have pushed on to new highs. Some would argue that this is a worrying divergence. We would take the opposite view. This appears to be classic bull market behaviour. A wall of worry has been rebuilt, and stockmarket resilience should be taken as a sign of strength. The market is discounting an improving economic outlook ahead, particularly in the south of Europe.
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