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Walking a fine line: Advisers wait for FCA answers on suitability

Advisers want more clarity from the FCA on what it expects from suitability reports ahead of the results from the regulator’s wide-ranging review of advice and product recommendations. They are also calling for greater collaboration between the FCA and the Financial Ombudsman Service to make sure they interpret suitability reports in a similar way. Sorting […]

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Sipp transfers more than double on pension freedoms

The number of pension to Sipp transfers increased by 115 per cent between March 2014 and March 2016, data from Origo suggests. Transfers into other types of pensions are up 74 per cent over the same period. Pension to annuity transfers dropped 77 per cent, but are projected to move back up by around 14 […]

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Royal Bank of Canada pulls UK tax advice offering

Royal Bank of Canada has stopped offering tax advice to its clients in the UK and Channel Islands as firms grow increasingly wary about providing tax advisory services. The bank made the decision to cut the service over the summer, and has dismissed claims the decision was related to HM Revenue & Customs’ ongoing work on tax avoidance. An […]

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Govt warned against early access on state pension

Allowing early access to the state pension may not benefit those who need it most, experts have warned. Early access was discussed in a Government-commissioned report released last week by former Confederation of British Industry director general John Cridland, who was asked to lead a review of the state pension age in March. Cridland’s preliminary […]

UK: mid-year review and outlook

By Mark Martin, manager of the Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund, and Scott MacLennan, manager of the Neptune UK Opportunities Fund H1 2014• Equity markets continued to show strength: despite a strong rally in 2013 driven by a market-wide re-rating, equity markets continued to generate positive returns for investors. Economic activity continued to be stimulated […]

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