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Former FSA chairman Adair Turner has warned the UK faces “almost indefinite” low interest rates without radical action. In an interview with the BBC, Turner said interest rates may not rise to the Bank of England’s 2 per cent target before 2020. The Bank has kept the base rate at 0.5 per cent since March […]

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European regulator issues ‘closet trackers’ warning

The FCA is being urged to scrutinise Ucits funds after research by an influential European regulator revealed up to 15 per cent are “closet trackers”. Research by the European Securities and Markets Authority of Ucits funds across Europe found between 5 and 15 per cent of the funds it examined are closet trackers, but charging […]

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Leader: Uncomfortable questions in the pursuit of clear fund charges

The journey to make fund management charges subject to proper scrutiny has been a long and often torturous one. Back in 2013, the FCA warned of complex, hidden fund management charges that made comparisons difficult. The Consumer Panel joined in on the act the following year, declaring it was “unacceptable” fund management costs were not […]

DB transfers – one more factor to consider

Jim Grant – Senior Product Insight & Technical Support Analyst We look at how higher DB transfer values could cause a lifetime allowance issue and how that affects the advice process. Advisers are receiving an increasing number of requests from clients looking to transfer their pension from final salary schemes to personal pensions. This is a […]

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