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FOS upholds four Harlequin complaints against advice firms

The Financial Ombudsman Service has upheld four complaints regarding Harlequin investments against advice firms since the beginning of the year. The Harlequin group of companies marketed and built overseas luxury property developments, and is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. In a decision against West Sussed-based IFA Regency Financial Resources, the FOS ruled the […]

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Investment analysis: Are we seeing a strange new world for the bond market?

The combination of low inflation growth and excess liquidity following the ECB’s quantitative easing programme has distorted bond valuations, with some short-duration instruments now offering negative returns. At the beginning of March nearly $3.85trn (£2.56trn) or 17 per cent of developed market global government bonds traded at negative yields, according to Columbia Threadneedle Investments. In […]

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Scottish Widows sells offshore business to RL360

Scottish Widows has sold its offshore life business Clerical Medical to investment group RL360. Clerical Medical has been running as a closed business since March 2012 after Scottish Widows parent Lloyds Bank moved to refocus on core UK banking and insurance operations. The business consists of around 24,000 policies, with over £5bn assets under management, […]

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Beware the dangers of using pensions for IHT planning

There is little doubt recent legislative changes have laid a couple of golden eggs from money purchase pensions. First, the ability to access funds in retirement with almost unfettered flexibility. Secondly, upon which I shall concentrate, greater flexibility for death benefits coupled with removal of some draconian tax charges. Hitherto, only dependents (in essence, surviving […]

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Multi asset outlook 2018

RLAM’s Head of Multi Asset, Trevor Greetham offers his outlook for the global economy in 2018 in a short video. Watch the video here Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors […]

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