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US dividends up for the fifth time in Q1

US companies paid out a record $99.4bn (£63.3bn) in the first quarter of 2015, up 14.8 per cent year-on-year, the Henderson Global Dividend Index shows. The rise in dividends marks the fifth consecutive quarter of double digit increases, despite a surge in the US dollar. North American companies spread their payments more evenly over the […]

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‘Gloves are off’ as auto-enrol escalating fines bite

Advisers fear the first four escalating fines issued to employers by The Pensions Regulator are the tip of the iceberg as more than a million of the UK’s smallest firms prepare to auto-enrol staff for the first time. The regulator’s latest quarterly compliance bulletin shows it sent £400 fixed penalty notices to 198 employers in […]

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FCA orders skilled persons reports for eight advice firms over insistent clients

The FCA has ordered eight advice firms to carry out skilled persons reports in relation to insistent clients following a thematic review on pension transfers, Money Marketing understands. A skilled persons report, also known as a Section 166 report, checks for weaknesses or failings in a firm’s practices. The review can result in enforcement action […]

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