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Lib Dems would allow councils to double tax on second homes

The Liberal Democrats is to announce plans to give local authorities power to double council tax on second homes. The announcement comes as part of a “Countryside Charter” unveiled today in Cornwall by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. The Lib Dems hope that by allowing councils to charge up to 200 per cent council tax, […]

My three big calls: Rathbone’s Mona Shah

Long/short funds Developed market equities have been driven higher and higher by quantitative easing over the past few years. However, we think the beta wave has finished now: alpha will deliver the returns going forward. Unconstrained long-short funds, in particular, are starting to look increasingly interesting. They can be more tactical as the performance of […]

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Apfa accused of ‘giving up’ on fight for long-stop

Apfa has been accused of “giving up” on its campaign for a 15-year long-stop on complaints against financial advisers by considering alternative ways to stem liabilities.  The trade body is in ongoing discussions with the regulator after the FCA said in March 2014 it would consider the case for a 15-year long stop on complaints […]

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MAS adviser directory branded ‘not fit for purpose’

The Money Advice Service’s directory of at-retirement advisers has been branded “not fit for purpose” after it launched with a number of technical issues.  The directory is in beta mode and features 4,500 advisers from 1,200 firms. Those using the Government’s Pension Wise guidance service will be pointed to the directory if they wish to […]

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What does value for money in a DC default look like?

Lorna Blyth – Head of Investment Solutions The phrase ‘value for money’ is fast becoming a favourite phrase of the pensions industry. The regulator sees ‘value for money’ as a key outcome for workplace pension members and as a result both providers and Independent Governance Committees (IGCs) are keen to evidence it. But what is it […]

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