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FCA warns advisers over platform inducements

The FCA has warned financial planners that additional services offered by their platform may be in breach of its inducement rules. While the regulator has said that competition between platforms is working well for most consumers in its market study this morning, it has warned that add-ons for advisers that are paid for by the […]

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MPs call for collective defined contribution pensions

MPs have encouraged the government to seek innovation and the “great potential gains” of collective defined contribution pension schemes, a report published this morning by the work and pensions committee says. The committee says the schemes, which are already highly successful in Denmark and the Netherlands, offer advantages of a middle ground between defined benefit […]

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Rathbones on track to meet £40bn asset target

Wealth manager Rathbones has fallen just short of its £40bn funds under management target, as it reports a 64 per cent jump in pre-tax profit for the first half of the year. Funds under management rose 2 per cent in the first half of the calendar year to £39.9bn, falling £100m short of its target […]

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Tim Sargisson: Why the tables are turning for small advice firms

Back in May, I wrote about the pressures building in advice firms due to a shortage of highly skilled staff and the consequent costs in recruiting. With Apfa research finding profits from retail investment advice fell 16 per cent between 2014 and 2016, I thought businesses faced a worrying future. But last month’s FCA Data […]

Great expectations for Japan

By James Dowey, Chief Economist and CIO Turnaround stories are an investor’s best friend. If successful, they prompt a widespread and possibly radical re-evaluation of the fair value of the associated assets. If one is brave enough to re-evaluate early on in the process then the returns can be very large. For over two decades […]

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