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Mega Merger: What does the £5.6bn Aviva/Friends Life deal mean for advisers?

The proposed £5.6bn mega-merger of Aviva and Friends Life will result in thousands of job losses and rock the foundations of the UK pensions, protection and investment industries, experts are predicting. Last week, the Aviva and Friends Life boards revealed detailed discussions on the biggest pension deal in years. The Friends Life board has indicated […]

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Aldermore and Shawbrook march towards FTSE 250

Aldermore and Shawbrook look set to break into the FTSE 250 just weeks after floating as challenger banks take the fight to their high-street rivals. On 2 June, the FTSE Group will begin conducting its quarterly review of the 250 index – the 101st to 350th largest companies listed on the stock exchange – to […]

Ukip economics spokesman Patrick O’Flynn resigns

Ukip economics spokesman Patrick O’Flynn has stepped down after admitting he should not have attacked Nigel Farage in the aftermath of the election. Farage quit as Ukip leader directly after the election, only to return three days later, bringing criticism from within his own party. At the time O’Flynn described Farage as “snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive”. […]

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Asset Allocation: F&C’s Potter puts focus on talented managers

For F&C Investments’ multi-manager Gary Potter betting on talented fund managers rather than focusing on pure asset allocation is how he tries to differentiate his strategy. The £1.1bn F&C MM Navigator Distribution fund, which he manages with Robert Burdett, is “heavily influenced” by the diversification between the various underlying funds that he allocates to, as […]

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