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Govt toughens master trust regulations in new Pensions Bill

Master trusts will have to prove they are financially sustainable under tougher new rules published by the government today. The Pension Schemes Bill also confirms The Pensions Regulator will be given new powers to intervene where a master trust –  a multi-employer scheme designed for auto-enrolment – is at risk of failing. The Bill sets out […]

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Get ready for the bond fund redemption wave

Bond firms face a liquidity crunch as fund managers are being urged to prepare to meet redemption requests if there is a sharp sell-off. A recent report form ratings agency Fitch warned of a mismatch within open-ended bond funds offering daily liquidity while holding less liquid securities. The report says the likelihood and impact of […]

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Henderson hit by £1bn in Brexit outflows

Henderson Global Investors has blamed Brexit for £1bn of retail outflows in its third quarter results and warned retail investors remain cautious on European assets. Sterling weakness and positive markets helped assets grow 6 per cent to £100.9bn compared to £95bn at the end of June. Institutional net flows added a further £400m. Chief executive Andrew […]

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FCA publishes list of firms using passporting

The FCA has revealed the full list of firms that use passporting inward or outward from the UK. The asset management industry’s biggest players, such as BlackRock, Vanguard and Schroders all feature on the list, obtained by Mlex through a Freedom of Information request. The FCA has already revealed that 5,500 UK firms rely on passporting […]

Bonds going bust? Not so fast….

In recent months bond bears have been reinvigorated, and market commentary suggesting “the end of the bond (bull) market is near” has become commonplace. We think these comments are premature. Explaining the global government bond sell-off October has seen renewed pressure on global government bonds, initially provoked by a Bloomberg article suggesting that the ECB […]

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