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Is the market being skewed by conflicts of interests on fund ratings?

A landmark report has called into question the business models of UK fund ratings agencies amid concerns of inherent conflicts of interest. The report, compiled by Fundscape and consultancy Gbi2, shows gatekeepers demonstrate a wide disparity in the quality of their research. It says some lack fundamental data, especially around stress testing and details of […]

Wells Street Journal: The award, the Webb and the wardrobe

Not long ago Royal London director of policy Steve Webb held the high office of minister of state for pensions. One of the perks afforded high ranking officials is the ability to leave events early without tutting from the audience. Indeed, Webb would often make a speech and then immediately dash for the exit. However […]

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Graham Peacock: Debunking the myths on master trusts

In this year of mass automatic enrolment, master trusts have come under scrutiny, sometimes unfairly. While there is work to be done to ensure all master trusts are equally robust, there are some myths surrounding them that need to be debunked. Almost three-quarters of all employers that have staged so far used a master trust […]

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Gregg McClymont: Why are savers reluctant to pay for advice?

I have no idea what financial advice is like in Northern Germany but as the Financial Advice Market Review rumbles towards a close this side of the North Sea, one is increasingly reminded of Lord Palmerston’s famous aphorism: “The Schleswig-Holstein question is so complicated, only three men in Europe have ever understood it. One was Prince […]

Canada Life welcomes HMRC’s DOTAS legislation

“HMRC’s tax guidance provides welcome clarity around the use of mainstream estate planning solutions, such as flexible reversionary trusts,” says Sean Christian, MD & Executive Director – International Businesses, Canada Life International. Sean Christian said: “The new Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes (DOTAS) legislation enables HMRC to crackdown on aggressive tax avoidance schemes, while the […]

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