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Scott Gallacher: Are you about to give your business away for free?

A retiring IFA recently sold his practice to a well-known national wealth manager. When it started undertaking its reviews of clients’ planning, one client was surprised enough to seek me out. I undertook my own review and concluded although his Isas and pensions (£450,000 overall) should be updated and refreshed, the basic structure was perfectly sound, […]

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Japan falls back into recession

The Japanese economy has slipped into technical recession for the second time in three years amid uncertainty about the state of the global economy. Japan’s economy contracted in the third quarter of 2015, with gross domestic product declining 0.8 per cent in the three months to the end of September following a revised 0.7 per cent drop in the second […]

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Will platforms invest to boost ETF take-up?

Platforms are being urged by advisers and providers to increase access to exchange traded funds and reduce trading costs. But are firms willing to make the technology investments necessary to accommodate the products? Research from Source ETF found  82 per cent of the 103 advisers it questioned think there should be greater access to ETFs […]

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