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Pension Wise appointments hit record high

The number of face-to-face and telephone appointments delivered by Pension Wise hit a record high in March. According to monthly statistics published by the Government, there were 7,010 appointments over the month, up from 5,916 in February. This represents a 75 per cent increase compared to the service’s first month in operation in April 2015. […]

Mark Cotter: The Russian doll of platform due diligence

With the news last week that Standard Life has acquired Axa Elevate, I suspect many already overworked advisers are heaving weary sighs. “Not more due diligence on our chosen platforms,” I hear them cry. These kinds of industry developments raise an interesting question: which parts of the platform chain are you evaluating? Is it the […]

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MPC member warns interest rates could go negative

Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member Gertjan Vlieghe says that interest rates could go a “little bit negative”. Speaking to the Evening Standard, the economist, who joined the MPC last year as an external member, says he could see rates going lower than their current rate. However, he warns the Bank needs to consider […]

How to use wills to protect your clients’ wishes

March was Free Wills Month! Free Wills Month brings together a group of well-respected charities to offer members of the public aged 55 and over the opportunity to have their simple wills written or updated free of charge by using participating solicitors in selected locations around England and Wales. Research by the Law Society* highlighted that only 64 […]

Can UK companies satisfy global appetites?

By Mark Martin, Manager of Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund

Rapid economic and income growth is leading to a dramatic shift in diet towards protein products right around the globe. UK companies such as Genus, the world’s largest livestock breeder, are benefiting from this increasing demand. Mark Martin, manager of the Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund, discusses this investment theme.

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