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IMA calls for common disclosure regime

The IMA says the FSA should adopt a common disclosure regime covering all products available to retail investors, in response to the regulators recent discussion paper on a wider range of retail investment products. While the IMA does not think hedge funds should be marketed directly to the public it says other routes providing diversification of risk should be explored.

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Commission hike boosts NU pension sales by 22%

Norwich Union saw individual pension sales grow by 22 per cent quarter on quarter after it boosted commission in July. The company admits it has sacrificed some margin to maintain market share because of aggressive pricing from competitors on stakeholder and personal pensions. Chief executive Gary Withers says he was uncomfortable raising commission in July […]

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UK policy: Kate Moss and short-termism

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” said supermodel Kate Moss, who is not often credited for her insights into policy making. Perhaps she should be. In politics, as in matters of diet, the course of action that is the best over the long term is often not the most desirable course of action in the short term. Add the instant gratification of the democratic electoral cycle and, instead of good policy making, you sometimes get the equivalent to a midnight binge in front of the fridge.

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