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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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Tom Kean: Confused regulation is holding back advisers

I like to think one of the skills that makes me a decent adviser is the ability to convert complex, illogical and sometimes-opaque notions into bite-sized snippets of information clients might understand. Thirty years in the job has led me to accept, although we live and breathe our subject, that is simply not the case […]

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Out of context

“I’ll batter him until he picks up the phone” Chartered Insurance Institute director of communications David Ross goes to extreme lengths to force the CII’s head of learning Simon Graham into returning an MM hack’s call. “Who’s Andy?” Aviva press officer struggles to recall former Friends Life chief (and new Aviva UK life boss) Andy […]

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Advisers slam Now: Pensions over £500 employer exit fee

Automatic enrolment provider Now: Pensions has come under fire for hitting employers with an exit fee if they choose to switch to a different scheme within two years. Under scheme rules in place since it launched in 2012, employers who decide to switch provider within the first 24 months have to pay a fine depending […]

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Steve Webb: is it time for the care pension?

Steve Webb, Director of Policy and External Communications Steve Webb offers a potential solution to the issue of funding long-term care, by asking whether it’s time for the ‘care pension’. The UK’s long-term care system has been steadily spiralling out of control. Around one in four of us is set to spend more than £20,000 […]

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