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Recommendation eight of the Financial Advice Market Review directed the FCA and the advice profession to “continue to work together with the aim of bringing about improvements to suitability reports”. This recommendation referred to the work that Apfa had been undertaking with the FCA and the Financial Ombudsman Service on how to layer and streamline […]

IMF downgrades global growth on Brexit and US slowdown

The IMF has downgraded global growth to 3.1 per cent for 2016 due to the UK’s vote to leave the European Union and weaker-than-expected growth in the US. The forecast has been revised down 0.1 percentage point from its April forecast. Its outlook for 2017 has been revised down by the same amount, however, growth […]

Govt ditches plans to sell Lloyds shares to the public

The Treasury will no longer offer a discount to retail investors looking to buy shares in Lloyds Banking Group. In an announcement today, chancellor Phillip Hammond has made a break with George Osborne’s plans to sell shares to members of the public, but will continue selling down its Lloyds Banking Group shares in a “pre-arranged […]

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Avoid pension penalties with our auto-enrolment checklist

According to the Pensions Regulator’s annual commentary and analysis report released this month, 785 potential non-compliance cases were referred for investigation, with 23 auto-enrolment compliance notices issued. And they predict that the use of their statutory powers is only going to increase.

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