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MM focus tackles issue of long term care

The Money Marketing Focus update this week tackles the issue of long term care. It looks at the likelihood of regulation being introduced, great according to industry sources, and the changes this would mean, few say the same sources. The conclusion is the market already operates as if it is regulated, and so if the Treasury decides to formerly introduced a Cat standard or some other form of regulation it will not change things greatly. Some are sceptical about the success of Cats would have saying it is not possible to make LTC products cheap. Look to the pull-out update for a full briefing.

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G up and leave the competition behind

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R&SA tops stakeholder&#39s standards with tiered fees

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Standard and Poors set for charge climbdown

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Europe: why persist with value today?

By Rob Burnett, Neptune’s Head of European Equities The Neptune European Opportunities Fund remains committed to a value bias. We see a broadening array of opportunities in diversified industries at compelling valuations today. The most complicated part of the market is the European banks. We are currently overweight in this sub-sector as many banks are […]

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