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HSBC threat to leave UK could hit banking reform

HSBC’s threat to move its headquarters out of the UK have prompted secret talks between the Treasury and the Bank of England on plans to separate retail and investment banking. The Sunday Times reports talks are being held behind the scenes to try to keep HSBC and other major banks in the UK. The newspaper […]

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Pension savers shun annuities for drawdown and UFPLS

Drawdown and lump sums are being favoured by pension savers a month after the introduction of the radical new freedoms, figures from Hargreaves Lansdown show. Less than one in ten (8.4 per cent) of Hargreaves’ customers have bought an annuity since 6 April, compared to 75 per cent who entered drawdown and 16.6 per cent […]

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Rathbones’ Q1 outflows hit £414m

Rathbones’ total funds under management rose 6.3 per cent to £28.9bn at the end of the first quarter, but outflows at the unit were up 17 per cent. Total funds grew from £27.2bn in December 2014, rising 26.8 per cent year-on-year, according to the firm’s results for the first three months of 2015. However, outflows at the division […]

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Pensions minister Ros Altmann lays out priorities

New pensions minister Ros Altmann has outlined her priorities in her first public statement since entering Government. Altmann says her key focuses will be the state pension, auto-enrolment and safeguarding pension freedoms. She says: “As our population ages, it is more important than ever to help, encourage and empower people to plan and prepare for […]

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The UK equity income landscape has changed

Robin Geffen, Fund Manager & CEO, Neptune Since the Investment Association lowered the yield hurdle for funds in the IA UK Equity Income sector in March 2017, the number of funds yielding 110% of the market has almost halved. With inflation rising and many income funds exposing investors to stock-specific risks, are your income funds […]

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