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Nick Bamford: Time for a systems and processes check up

Good advisory businesses typically operate with consistent systems and processes that enable them to produce bespoke outcomes for clients. Starting from scratch each time to deliver advice and allowing individuals in the firm to be left to their own devices to determine how to deliver such advice seems like a recipe for disaster. In light […]

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FCA fines Merrill Lynch International £13m over transaction reporting

The FCA has fined Merrill Lynch International £13.3m for transaction reporting failures. The regulator says MLI incorrectly reported over 35 million transactions, and failed to report a further 121,387 transactions between November 2007 and November 2014. The fine is the highest ever imposed by the regulator for transaction reporting failures. The FCA says the size […]

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GBST to power Just Retirement platform

Broking technology firm GBST Wealth Management is to power Just Retirement’s new simplified retirement platform. The advised-only platform has been developed following the introduction of pension freedoms earlier this month. It will allow customers to purchase an annuity as well as leave their pension invested in a low-risk “rainy day” fund. Just Retirement group communications director […]

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Standard Life reports ‘unprecedented’ demand following pension freedoms

Standard Life says it has experienced an “unprecedented level of customer contact” since the introduction of the pension freedoms this week. Despite Monday being a Bank Holiday, the provider says it has taken over 3,000 calls so far. In the same time, nearly 1,000 customers used Standard Life’s website to make a decision on how […]

US: mid-year review and outlook

By Felix Wintle, Manager of the Neptune US Opportunities Fund H1 2014 Economic data: after last year’s strength, economic data has disappointed. Indeed, the economy contracted 2.9 per cent in the first three months of the year — the US economy’s worst performance for five years. However, rather than a symptom of underlying economic weakness or […]

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