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Barclays mulling merger with rival bank, reports suggest

Barclays could be set for a tie up with a competitor bank in the wake of pressure from one of its largest shareholders. The Financial Times reports that names in the frame include Standard Chartered, which two people close to the situation say was a favoured option of Barclays chairman John McFarlane and potentially supported […]

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Collapsed Sipp provider racks up £56m in compensation claims

Compensation claims against collapsed Sipp firm Lifetime Sipp Company have been valued at nearly £56m, with potentially more in the pipeline, according to its administrators. In a report published on Companies House today, Kingston Smith & Partners gives a breakdown of claims against the provider that went into administration earlier this year. Kingston Smith & […]

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Dennis Hall: Advisers can all too easily embarrass their clients

I recently experienced an uncomfortable encounter, which led me to take a more difficult path than some of the easier options available. It followed several months of kicking the tyres on various back-office and customer relationship management systems. Most meetings with software providers left me feeling uninspired. You know how it goes: there is the […]

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When someone mentions whole of life plans, most people will think of a niche product that serves as an inheritance tax planning tool for high-net-worth clients. And it’s really not surprising they’ve been pigeonholed in that waybecause before the arrival of RDR in 2013, that’s more or less exactly what they were. For advisers thinking […]

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