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Cover story: And they’re off

Almost three weeks on from pension freedoms finally “going live” we have just about enough information to see that the stampede to strip pots of cash originally feared has not transpired. Certainly the Government’s Pension Wise service has not been put under the strain first expected. A total of 1,800 appointments were booked by the time […]

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Scottish Widows sells offshore business to RL360

Scottish Widows has sold its offshore life business Clerical Medical to investment group RL360. Clerical Medical has been running as a closed business since March 2012 after Scottish Widows parent Lloyds Bank moved to refocus on core UK banking and insurance operations. The business consists of around 24,000 policies, with over £5bn assets under management, […]

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NAB set to offload Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks

National Australia Bank is set to let go of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks and float part of the business. As part of its de-merger plans, NAB will transfer 70-80 per cent of its shares in Clydesdale, which includes Yorkshire Bank, to NAB shareholders. The remaining 20-30 per cent will be floated on the stock exchange. […]

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Neil Liversidge: Do we really know better than our clients?

The late Sir John Templeton had 10 maxims for investment success.  Number 10 was that “an investor who has all the answers doesn’t even understand the questions”. Along with all the standard and risk warnings, we frankly tell every client that while we give advice in good faith we do not claim to be omniscient. […]

Don’t play chicken with the Bank of Japan

By Josh Ausden, Head of Client Investment Strategy, Neptune Short-term yen strength has hurt the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund but recent events have only added weight to our conviction that the Bank of Japan will act to ease policy, boosting multinationals’ profits and weakening the yen. In recent weeks the performance of the Japanese stockmarket […]

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