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‘Almost criminal’: FCA urged to investigate unit-linked guarantees

Industry experts have branded unit-linked guarantees “almost criminal” and called on the FCA to investigate whether the products represent value for money. Unit-linked products, commonly known as guaranteed drawdown, have been touted by providers since the 2014 Budget as a way to offer both guaranteed income and flexibility. But Aviva head of pensions policy John […]

Financial planning boom boosts Jelf earnings

A surge in pre-tax earnings in Jelf’s financial planning business has helped grow the firm’s revenue by 11 per cent, its interim results show. Pre-tax earnings grew 167 per cent year-on-year in the six months to April in the advisory business, from £112,000 in 2014 to £299,000 this year. The employee benefits division saw earnings […]

Nucleus pre-tax profit up 26% in Q1

Nucleus has reported a 26 per cent increase in pre-tax profit for the first three months of the year. The platform made a £564,000 profit in Q1, up from £449,000 in Q1 2014. Gross inflows for the first quarter of the year totalled £510m, up by 6 per cent from £481m in the equivalent period […]

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T. Bailey’s Askew doubles down on Europe

While the T. Bailey Growth fund team has recently doubled the portfolio’s allocation to European equities, its managers insist the introduction of quantitative easing across the currency bloc was not behind the move. Looking at the decision to up the £178.8m portfolio’s allocation from circa 5 per cent at the start of the year to […]

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