Two years on from the sunset clause, advisers remain concerned over client poaching and how platforms deal with clients they have deemed “financial orphans.” The FCA banned platforms from retaining rebates from fund managers in 2014, but allowed the payment of commission to advisers to continue. The introduction of the sunset clause in April 2016 […]
The Pensions Regulator admits it could have done more to help British Steel Pension Scheme members understand the consequences of transferring out into defined contribution plans. In its response to the work and pensions select committee’s report into British Steel published today the regulator reflects on what it has learned from the saga. TPR says […]
The FCA is attempting to ban the boss of a debt management firm for allegedly using client money to purchase the business. Darren Lee Newton purchased First Step from former director Christine Whitehurst in 2013. The FCA argues he funded the deal through client money rather than out of his own pocket. Newton allowed more […]
Chief executive at Royal London-owned platform Ascentric Jon Taylor has stepped down after more than three years in the role. Taylor is replaced by Rob Regan who is Royal London group operations director. According to the provider, Regan has been working on Ascentric for the past 12 months and also sits as a director on […]
Welcome to the latest update for The Merchants Trust PLC from the Trust’s portfolio manager, Simon Gergel. Portfolio Review In February, the House of Commons passed a draft law to trigger article 50 of the Lisbon treaty for the UK to exit the EU. In corporate news, Warren Buffett backed Kraft Heinz in its takeover […]
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