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‘The beginning of the end’ on research costs

The FCA’s proposed rules on the use of investment research and dealing commission is set to cause fund groups a compliance headache and challenge firms on the value of research. In its consultation paper on Mifid II, published last week, the FCA sets out plans to prevent firms from receiving non-monetary benefits from third parties, […]

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Axa Wealth chief to exit amid business sell-off

Axa Wealth chief executive Mike Kellard is set to leave the business as parts of Axa are sold off. Standard Life acquired Axa’s Elevate platform in April. Axa then sold Embassy, its off-platform investment and pension division, and Sun Life, its direct protection business, to Phoenix the following month. Axa kept hold of its multi-manager investment […]

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FCA’s Gabriel systems hit by IT outage

The FCA was hit by a widespread IT outage on Friday which affected its regulatory reporting system Gabriel. In a statement, the regulator says most of its systems are now operating again following a “physical hardware incident” at a supplier’s data centre.” The FCA says: “We put in place our recovery arrangements and they have […]

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Martin Bamford: How to make personal finance as popular as Bake Off

I understand there is a bit of a furore right now about something called The Great British Bake Off. My wife enjoys watching Bake Off and, from the little I have seen, it is a harmless enough concept. It is also incredibly popular television, resulting in real commercial success for its owner Love Productions. It […]

Help to buy – ISAs and LISAs

Melanie Tynan – Financial Capability Project Manager   House prices continue to rise in many parts of the UK with cities like Manchester recording increases of 6.6% and higher in the last year, according to the latest Hometrack house price index*. This can make it seem harder than ever for first-time buyers to get a foot […]

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