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Greece on slide

Standard & Poor’s this week downgraded Greece to CCC, the worst sovereign rating in the world, to reflect the increasing likelihood that it will default.

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Lloyds could float branches if sale fails

Lloyds Banking Group says it is prepared to float its 600-strong branch network currently up for sale if an auction does not attract high enough bids. The bank says listing the branches as a separate business is a possibility if the branch sale fails. A spokeswoman says: “The sale has always been part of what […]

LV= partners with Barclays Stockbrokers to offer execution-only Sipp investments

LV= has partnered with Barclays Stockbrokers to allow clients on its Sipp to use the bank’s trading platform. The provider says the agreement will benefit both IFAs and individual users of its flexible transitions account Sipp by providing “immediate and direct” access to Barclays’ execution-only trading platform. LV= head of pensions Ray Chinn (pictured) says: […]

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M&G to merge two UK equity income funds

M&G is merging its two UK equity income funds in its retail Oeic range.  The firm has written to shareholders of the £208 million M&G income fund to seek their approval for the merger of this fund with the £521 million M&G Dividend fund.  If approved, the merger will take place in August.  Both funds […]

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Gov’t confirms schemes will not have RPI rules amendment power

The Government has confirmed it will not introduce a legislative override to allow pension schemes with RPI-linked inflationary increases written into their rules to switch to the CPI. In its official response to a consultation on the impact of using the consumer prices index rather than the retail prices index to measure price increases in […]

Industry under fire over pension freedoms

By Jamie Clark, Business Development Manager, Royal London Recent articles in the media have raised concerns about the new pension freedoms. One perceived problem is that across the industry, trustees and providers are not necessarily allowing people to take full advantage of the pension freedoms in situ. This is backed up by a recent survey by […]

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