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The Downsizing Delusion: Why relying exclusively on your home to fund your retirement may end in tears

By Steve Webb, director of policy The British obsession with homeownership can have dangerous consequences. A recent survey by Barings¹ found that up to three million people of working age were planning to rely wholly on the value of their home to fund their retirement. We are not talking about people investing in buy-to-let or […]

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AJ Bell launches model portfolio service for advisers

AJ Bell has launched a model portfolio range managed by its new investment business. The range, which is risk-targeted and made of passive funds, is diversified across asset classes and regions and will be rebalanced quarterly. Money Marketing sister publication Fund Strategy first revealed the planned launch in November, when chief executive Andy Bell said […]

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Barclays coughs up another £77m over rate rigging

Barclays has reached a £77m settlement with 44 US states over its role in fixing Libor and Euribor interest rates. New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the deal, saying government bodies were “defrauded of millions” when they entered swap contracts with the bank, Sky reports. Barclays was fined £290m in 2012 by US and […]

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Three advisers arrested over £132m tax fraud

Three financial advisers have been as arrested in relation to suspected £132m tax fraud following police raids in the Midlands and north yesterday morning. The men – aged 56,67, and 59 – were arrested following an HMRC investigation into a scheme involving offshore trusts used by “professional financial advisers” helping individuals avoid around £132m in […]

Show me the money – earnings are central to performance in Europe

Equity markets globally currently remain vulnerable to sharp shifts in sentiment caused by either unexpected or unwelcome outcomes in key upcoming political events (the US and German elections, Brexit and the Italian referendum). These top-down influences, combined with the current low global growth environment, will likely lead to broadly directionless markets, and prolong the current low beta return environment. We do, though, […]

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