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“Once you’re in your 40s the aim of New Year is to stay sober enough to beat your friends at Articulate.”

A J Bell technical resources manager Gareth James kept his New Year’s Eve expectations low in 2013.

“Potato scones, square sausage, plain bread, scotch pies, anything made by the good people at Tunnocks, red cola…”

A Scottish DWP press officer reels off the food and drink items she has bought to remind her of home.

“I have to tell you, I am not subject to Freedom of Information requests.”

Hudson Green & Associates principal Ian Hudson is tight-lipped on the (high) cost of the office Christmas party.

“The regulator has got much tougher. But I have to be honest, I actually quite like it.”

One masochistic adviser tells an MM hack a year of the FCA has restored his faith in the ability of the regulator to get tough. 


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FCA testing platform readiness for rebate ban

The FCA says platforms could do more to communicate with customers ahead of the ban on rebates which comes into force in April. FCA long-term savings and pensions director Nick Poyntz-Wright said the regulator is carrying out work to test platforms’ readiness for the new rules which ban payments between fund managers and platforms, with […]


EU eyes tougher pensions regulation

Experts are warning the pensions industry is set for increasing regulatory scrutiny from Europe later this year as the European Union seeks to improve the quality of private schemes. The EU is lining up a number of proposals and consultations affecting pensions from tough new investment rules to scheme governance.  European Commission Financial Services User […]

Ian McKenna: Using technology to beat the auto-enrol crunch

2014 will be the year auto-enrolment reaches a much wider audience. Between April and July alone 30,000 more firms are due to meet these responsibilities. While there is the opportunity for a three-month deferment, in practice any organisation in this group that has not made some progress towards addressing their auto enrolment obligations is likely […]


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