Nic Cicutti: Why all the fuss about consolidators?

What’s all the big fuss about consolidators and churning? I only ask because the FCA appears to be raising questions about whether some of the industry’s players are hitting clients with unnecessary charges and moving them into inappropriate investments. According to Money Marketing, the regulator is asking firms to “provide details of their business plans […]


ECB cuts rates and extends QE until March 2017

The European Central Bank will extend the monthly €60bn asset purchase programme until the end of March 2017. ECB president Mario Draghi today confirmed quantitative easing will continue “at least or until inflation reaches the ECB’s target of below or close to 2 per cent”. The ECB has also expanded the range of assets being purchased, to include […]

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Stephen Lowe: Developing the gold blend for retirement

Solutions providing customers with a guaranteed income for life have been the bedrock of retirement planning for decades but now flexi-access drawdown has become available to all. Both options have obvious pros and cons but the beauty of the new rules is that there is nothing to stop retirees seeking the best of both worlds: […]

Investment Forum

Position Portfolios for a Changing China, Accelerating Disruption and More Political Discourse Is China an asset class? Why Investors’ Understanding of China is Changing How is disruption changing the way we invest? Established Ways of Doing Business Are Being Challenged What to Watch: Why politics matters more than ever in 2017 Key takeaways: Despite volatile […]


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