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Up for the fight: The future of FCA enforcement

A £14m FCA insider dealing investigation that culminated in a prison sentence for two defendants is expected to give the watchdog confidence to tackle complex criminal proceedings in the future. Former investment banker Martyn Dodgson and chartered accountant Andrew Hind were sentenced last week following the conclusion of Operation Tabernula, the regulator’s largest-ever insider dealing investigation […]

European financials are in the eye of the storm

The IA Europe ex. UK sector features a richer seam of successful active managers compared to many others. We can put this down to a variety of factors, with the breadth of opportunity across geographies and sectors being the most obvious source of market inefficiencies to capitalise upon. A decade or so ago, it became […]

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Steve Bee: Knowledge is power on DB schemes

Pensions are pay. The pension fund backing a defined benefit scheme is the deferred pay of a company’s employees, ex-employees and, quite likely, retired employees. It does not belong to the company, nor does it belong to the Government. Once commonplace, DB pension schemes are now dying out in the UK. The modern trend is […]

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Changing of the guard: Is TPR up to the job of regulating pensions?

The collapse of British Home Stores and the impact of the pension freedoms agenda has reignited calls for The Pensions Regulator to be scrapped and sub-sumed by the FCA. The Work and Pensions Committee has taken TPR to task over agreeing an extremely generous 23-year deadline for trustees of the retailers’ pension fund to fill its huge […]

Certification guide

Guide: how to… certify your pension scheme

Certification is highly complex and surrounded by a minefield of information and auto-enrolment jargon, which can make it very difficult to understand. However, for many employers it is a necessary process that must be executed successfully.

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