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Darius McDermott: Is the Japanese dream team out of ammunition?

To say Japan has had a tricky start to the year is an understatement. Negative interest rates introduced at the end of January bizarrely boosted the yen, while equities tumbled 14.7 per cent in the two weeks following the cut. That is Japan in a nutshell really: investors can either be wildly successful or wildly […]

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Zurich: Lifetime Isa will be tipping point for platforms

Pension providers have expressed concern that the new Lifetime Isa could disrupt the long-term savings market. But could it be about to upset the platform world too? The platform industry is no stranger to change and has adapted to a spate of recent legislation, from the RDR to pension freedoms. However, it is fair to […]

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BlackRock profits fall 20% as market turmoil hits fees

BlackRock’s profits fell 20 per cent in the first quarter of the year amid market swings, after job cuts at the firm were revealed. In its first quarter results, published today, net income at the giant money manager decreased to $657m (£464m) from $822m for the same quarter a year ago. BlackRock chief executive Laurence Fink says: […]

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Aviva switches to FNZ for adviser platform

Aviva is switching its adviser platform to FNZ from the Bravura-backed Genpac offering. The announcement confirms plans first revealed by Money Marketing in July last year. Aviva expects to complete the transition in the first half of 2017, and say it will be communicating with advisers to minimise disruption. It brings the provider’s advisers on […]

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