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Aegon completes acquisition of BlackRock’s DC book

Aegon has completed the final stage of a deal to acquire all of BlackRock’s defined contribution platform and administration business in the UK. In May 2016 Aegon revealed it would purchase BlackRock’s DC business to create a workplace savings platform. Last week a court approved the deal so £15bn worth of assets and 450,000 customers […]

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Advisers shun consolidators in favour of peers

The majority of advisers have no interest in selling their firm to a large consolidator, research shows. Figures from a survey of around 200 advisers by platform Nucleus found just 4 per cent would sell up to a large consolidator, down from 13 per cent last year. Of those looking to sell, being bought by […]

Lloyds faces up to HBOS whistleblower case again

After allegedly silencing a whistleblower who wrote an internal report criticising Lloyds Banking Group’s handling of fraud, Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to reopen the case, The Financial Times reports. Using her insight from working as an employee in the bank’s high-risk division, Sally Masterton claimed that some of HBOS’ executives from the Reading branch […]

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Ros Altmann: Brexit uncertainty not over yet for advisers

Given all the turmoil in politics, I want to look at Brexit this week. Parliament is so engrossed in this ongoing drama that other policy issues are being pushed aside. The prime minister’s Chequers cabinet awayday produced a framework on which negotiations with the EU might be based, with proposals that would acknowledge the needs […]

Unrated bonds: broadening horizons

Ewan McAlpine, Senior Client Portfolio Manager, provides insight into how RLAM’s bond team use their skills to seek unique opportunities and greater diversity than that offered by traditional areas of the bond market, describing how they invest in unrated securities as well as rated securities to broaden the horizon of fixed income investing. Read the […]

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