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Alan Hughes: Did FCA authorisation process fail British Steel members?

Questions have been raised as to whether the regulator should have spotted warning signs at the key firms involved earlier. Recent weeks have seen depressingly familiar headlines being bandied about, as the British Steel saga continues to play out. Hearing the phrase “pensions misselling scandal” being regularly used shows that, despite the progress made on […]

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Pru downplays impact of D2C plans on adviser relationships

Prudential has denied a proposed direct-to-consumer PruFunds proposition would damage the relationships it has with advisers. M&G Prudential chief executive John Foley says offering the PruFund range direct to customers would open up new channels for the business. Pru said it would be establishing a direct-to-consumer platform as part of the £250m investment into customer […]

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