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NAPF backs private equity bid

The National Association of Pension Funds has lent its support to a British Venture Capital Association report which makes the case for “not ignoring private equity.”

The BVCA report shows pension leaders as reluctant to recognise private equity as a separate asset class, scuppering the Government&#39s vision of more pension funds investing in entrepreneurs.

Both venture capitalists and the Government have tried to turn the tide of declining investment in start-ups in an attempt to mirror US-style venture capitalist culture.

NAPF director-general Ann Robinson says the association would “encourage pension schemes trustees to discuss with their investment advisers the merits of this asset class in the context of their scheme specific strategy.”


IFAs face recruitment crisis

The financial services industry faces crisis because IFAs are failing to invest in new blood, according to research by specialist law firm Armstrong Neal.A survey of 200 IFA practices showed 67 per cent could not see a time when they would take a trainee on, the vast majority citing cost as the deciding factor.Of the […]

Tep trading new rules

The FSA plans to regulate Teps forcing life offices to inform consumers they can sell their policies on the open market according to MPs and consumer groups.Treasury select committee member Labour MP Jim Cousins says the FSA has assured him the new Financial Services and Markets Bill gives them the power to regulate Teps and […]

IFAs Frizzell-ing out move

More than 40 RIs from IFA Frizzell Life and Financial are expected to defect to rival IFA Towry Law this week.The dissident RIs are known to have approached Towry Law as concerns have mounted over Frizzell&#39s future direction and place in the market. They were also subjected to a new training and competence regime in […]

Woolwich to charge for counter service

Woolwich customers are be deterred from visiting branches more than ten times a month with a £1 charge for any further counter transactions.A Woolwich spokesperson says: “This is designed to deter people who are using personal bank accounts as business bank accounts. We anticipate this move will affect very few of our personal customers.”But Campaign […]

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Thinking of expanding overseas?

Whether you’re a small company or an established larger employer, expanding overseas into emerging markets can be an extremely attractive prospect for growing your business. However, with this comes a duty-of-care requirement to any staff based overseas.


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