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Firms face longer wait for FCA approval

Financial services firms are having to wait longer to gain FCA authorisation, with one firm waiting 74 weeks to be approved. In its latest key performance indicators report, published yesterday, the regulator says the average processing time for retail firm applications was around 25 weeks in the three months to June, up from around 23 […]

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Govt paves the way for Lifetime Isa launch

The Government is pressing ahead with plans to roll out Lifetime Isas despite criticism over the timing and questions over product features. The Government published its Savings (Government Contributions) Bill yesterday which sets out in legislation how the Lifetime Isa will work in practice. The Bill reiterates that from next April, UK residents aged between […]

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Bank of England strikes again claiming ‘property beats pensions’

The Bank of England chief economist who caused an outcry among advisers for saying they do not understand pensions has argued property is a better bet for retirement saving than a pension pot. Speaking to The Sunday Times, when asked whether owning a property or a pension was better for retirement, Andy Haldane answered “almost […]

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Is Help to Buy helping the borrowers it was meant for?

Mortgage experts have called for Help to Buy to be overhauled and say the scheme may not be helping the would-be buyers it was intended for. The Help to Buy equity loan scheme, launched in April 2013, sees the Government lend up to 20 per cent of the value of a new-build home to buyers […]

Sticking to valuation discipline when investing in China

Journalist Alexis Xydias discusses the opportunities – and potential pitfalls – of investing in China with Artemis fund manager Peter Saacke. With Peter holding significant positions in China in the Artemis funds he manages, journalist Alexis Xydias quizzes Peter on the risks of investing in Chinese stocks – including over-valuations, margin trading and financial reporting issues. Click here for video

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