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Hiscox moving to Bermuda

Lloyd’s of London specialist insurer Hiscox is moving its operations to Bermuda to benefit from lighter regulation and lower taxes. Chairman Robert Hiscox criticised the UK’s heavy regulation.

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Cirencester stays close to its roots in rebranding

Income protection specialist Cirencester Friendly Society is rebranding. The society, originally known as the Cirencester Conservative Association Working Men’s Benefit Society, was founded in 1890 to help safeguard the financial stability of agricultural workers in the Cotswolds. The new logo aims to stay true to this history while presenting a modern face as an income […]

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Firm fined £182k over pension unlocking

The FSA has fined Braemar Financial Planning £182,000 for systemic failings in its sales processes for pension unlocking. It found that between November 2002 and November 2005, Braemar persistently failed to collect sufficient information about their customers before making recommendations and failed to explain all the alternative options.

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Neptune video: Abenomics: the impetus for Japan’s fast-track recovery?

The remarkable performance of the TOPIX over the past year has caused many sceptical equity investors to look again at the Japanese market. These returns have come despite very significant problems facing the Japanese economy. Chris Taylor, manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund, discusses these problems and whether Abenomics will be able to overcome them, enabling the market to continue to rise.

In the video, Taylor addresses the following:

• The size and speed of Japan’s unprecedented monetary policy
• Abenomics and the implications should it fail
• Corporate Japan and beneficiaries of government policy

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