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Previously in this series of articles looking at remuneration planning for SME owners I explained that once minimum pension age has been reached there are greater opportunities in setting the dividend/bonus/pension mix. In relation to that I looked at using pension commencement lumps sums but commented it was also possible to take advantage of the […]

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FCA: Banks could help advise less ‘savvy’ customers 

Banks could give unbiased advice to help less “savvy” customers, according to FCA research. In a research paper published last week, the regulator looked at how particular groups of consumers are affected by price discrimination in financial services. It examines firms charging different prices to different individuals, resulting in some groups paying high mark-ups and cross-subsidising […]

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Powering the platforms: How IFDS is going for scale

International Financial Data Services has its roots in mutual fund administration and is jointly owned by State Street and DST Systems. The technology company, headquartered in Essex, has a 20-year pedigree in fund administration in the UK managing some £600bn in mutual fund assets. In the UK platform space, IFDS currently provides technology to Cofunds […]

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Aviva offloads stake in Lighthouse

Aviva has sold its entire stake in Lighthouse Group, London Stock Exchange filings show. Aviva held an 8 per cent share in the AIM-listed advice firm. The original stake was held by Friends Provident, later Friends Life, which was acquired by Aviva in April 2015. An Aviva spokesman says: “Part of the stake was originally […]

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