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Tales from the frontline on pension freedoms

It has been noticeably quiet for us on the pension front since the reforms were introduced. It appears consumers have heeded the various warnings to avoid rushing to make decisions. We expect to advise a large number of clients on pension freedoms over the next three to five years but hopefully these will be on a […]

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Axa platform to pay exit fees for transferring customers

Customers transferring to Axa Self Investor will be able to claim up £750 per person to pay any exit fees levied by ceding providers. The offer is open to new and existing investors who submit a transfer request between 1 May 2015 and 31 July 2015. However, claims must be made within 30 days of […]

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Banks fined £3.7bn for Forex rigging

International regulators have fined five banks a total of $5.8bn (£3.7bn) for foreign exchange rigging. The US Department of Justice has imposed a total fine of $2.7bn (£1.7bn) on Citigroup, Barclays, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS. The Federal Reserve imposed fines of $1.6bn (£1bn) on the same five banks, […]

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Brokers miss out on proc fees with thousands of Halifax rate switchers

Brokers are missing out on a procuration fee with thousands of Halifax customers looking to switch products. The lender says in the run-up to the MMR thousands of customers were on products that would not sit on its new, compliant system. It means these clients cannot have their product switch carried out by a broker […]

What is a discounted gift trust?

Helen O’Hagan, technical manager at Prudential, has produced a third article in the trust series range exploring the discounted gift trust (DGT). These can take different forms, but in this article she looks at a ‘standard’ discounted gift trust and will cover: W – why use a discounted gift trust H – how to use […]

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