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Early Easter prompts surprise 0.5% rise in UK inflation

Easter prompted an unexpected rise in March inflation to 0.5 per cent from 0.3 per cent in February, the Office for National Statistics revealed today. Core inflation, which strips out volatile components such as food and energy, rose 1.5 per cent. Hargreaves Lansdown senior economist Ben Brettell says economists had expected a smaller rise of 0.4 per […]

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Barclays in sale talks on French banking and wealth arm

Barclays is in exclusive talks with private equity firm AnaCap Financial Partners over a deal to sell its French retail banking operations. The French arm includes a network of 74 branches, a life insurance business, and wealth and investment management operations. AnaCap holds stakes in challenger bank Aldermore, as well as banks in Belgium, Malta, […]

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SJP partners with Metro Bank on family mortgage range

St James’s Place and Metro Bank are teaming up to launch an intergenerational mortgage range. The range lets parents and grandparents support their children or grandchildren buy their first home and is only available to SJP clients. The range has three options: Gifting, where families give money to a relative and increase their deposit Providing […]

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Can new pensions guidance body succeed where the MAS failed?

The financial services industry is preparing to say goodbye to the Money Advice Service following Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget announcement to scrap it. The Chancellor revealed a new pension guidance body will be created by merging some elements of  the MAS with The Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise. The aim is to provide a […]

Risk-free path to pensions is a myth

Robin Geffen, Fund Manager and CEO Are you taking enough risk? Robin Geffen, Founder of Neptune and Manager of the top performing Global Alpha Fund, discusses the importance of accepting enough volatility in planning for retirement. Click here to read the full article Important information Investment risks The value of an investment and any income from […]

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