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FCA sees 80% jump in contested enforcement cases

The number of FCA enforcement cases contested by firms has increased by 80 per cent in one year, data shows. FCA figures show 17 more cases were referred to the regulatory decisions committee last year, bringing the total number to 38 for 2015, the Financial Times reports. The committee is part of the FCA’s independent […]

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HSBC to roll out simplified advice to investors with £15k

HSBC’s new face-to-face simplified advice service will be extended to people with savings as low as £15,000. The bank’s offering, due to launch this week, will start by targeting people with £50,000 but will eventually be aimed at those with just £15,000, the Financial Times reports. HSBC head of UK wealth Caroline Connellan says: “Full […]

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Witch hunt: Industry warning as tax furore risks damaging financial planning

A public furore over the tax affairs of the UK’s senior politicians has become a “witch-hunt”, with one MP warning it will turn savers away from the tax planning they should be encouraged to do. Following cross-border efforts coordinated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the publication of the Panama Papers sparked widespread anger at the […]

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Early state pension for women could cost £2.3bn a year

The Government faces a £2.3bn a year hit if it offers women affected by the increases in the state pension age early access, according to figures from Government actuaries. Parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee is conducting an inquiry into offering early access in response to a campaign for transitional measures for women born in the 1950s, […]

RLAM Fixed Income Outlook

Jonathan Platt, Head of Fixed Income at Royal London Asset Management, gives his outlook on the fixed income market. Read the article here The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount originally invested. The views […]

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