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My three big calls: Rathbone’s Mona Shah

Long/short funds Developed market equities have been driven higher and higher by quantitative easing over the past few years. However, we think the beta wave has finished now: alpha will deliver the returns going forward. Unconstrained long-short funds, in particular, are starting to look increasingly interesting. They can be more tactical as the performance of […]

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Tories to raid pensions tax relief to slash IHT

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged the Conservatives will create a new threshold for inheritance tax of £1m if elected. The changes would come into effect from April 2017, and will be funded by restrictions on pensions tax relief for those earning more than £150,000.  Annual allowances for savings will be tiered on earnings between […]

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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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