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“Fine words” on housebuilding have yet to win over a sceptical industry ahead of the general election, with calls for more details ahead of the publication of campaign manifestos after Easter. Housing has been identified as one of this year’s most critical topics, with Chancellor George Osborne using a prime slot in the final Budget […]

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BlackRock Q1 profit up 9% helped by ETFs inflows

BlackRock has reported a 9 per cent rise in net income in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year, helped by large inflows into its exchange-traded funds. Net income was £551m in the first quarter of 2015, up from £507m in the same period last year. The company saw $70.4bn […]

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Regulatory costs force Norfolk advice firm to close

Regulatory costs have been blamed for the closure of a Norfolk IFA just days after advisers saw their FSCS levies almost double to £100m. In a statement on its website, Norwich-based advice firm Taylor & Taylor says regulatory changes have made continuing as a business unviable. It says: “We very much appreciate the support provided […]

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GBST to power Just Retirement platform

Broking technology firm GBST Wealth Management is to power Just Retirement’s new simplified retirement platform. The advised-only platform has been developed following the introduction of pension freedoms earlier this month. It will allow customers to purchase an annuity as well as leave their pension invested in a low-risk “rainy day” fund. Just Retirement group communications director […]

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Green bonds – still the tip of the iceberg

Gail Counihan, Responsible Investment Analyst at Royal London Asset Management, updates us on the topic of green bonds following some bespoke analysis from within the team. Read the article 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 […]

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