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Guide to improve consumer awareness

Which? has published a guide for consumers to protect themselves from unscrupulous advisers by becoming more financially aware. It says the commission system is a less than ideal way of paying advisers and that consumers should arm themselves with relevant information to cut through sales patter. The Be Your Own Financial Adviser guide looks at all-in-one mortgages, the new state pension scheme and buy-to-let mortgages.

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White paper — In Focus: Ebola Virus Disease

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