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Richard Freeman: Networks will survive and thrive

The news Sesame Bankhall is to close its investment adviser network has led some to call into question the network model and imply the directly authorised route is the only option for advisers. I allow myself a wry smile when I read these comments, which are often made by individuals who have enjoyed long careers […]

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Treasury spends £37k on Pension Wise branding

The Government has spent £37,000 developing a “brand indentity” for guidance service Pension Wise. It paid £22,000 to Jigsaw Research “for the provision of research to test brand names, logos and straplines” for the service and £15,000 to Red Stone Design for similar work on the name and “brand identity”. The contracts were awarded at […]

Alliance Trust Savings buys Brewin’s Stocktrade for £14m

Alliance Trust Savings has bought Brewin Dolphin’s Stocktrade, adding more than £4.6bn in assets, in a bid to make ATS more profitable after a public battle with shareholders on the future of the business. The company has bought Brewin’s execution-only stockbroking business for £14m, saying the deal gives ATS the ability to scale its operations, with […]

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Mark Dampier: Going against the grain

With stock markets reaching new highs, many financial commentators share a common belief – global economies are on the road to recovery. Newton’s view of the world, however, is very different. For them, the upturn has been driven by government and central bank policy across the globe, rather than from any real economic recovery. They […]

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