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Everyone likes to start January afresh. Look at Jeremy Corbyn. He’s taken to January with such vim that he can barely bring himself to stop cleaning out his shadow cabinet. So, it’s hardly surprising that some take the chance to spruce up their CVs, and weigh their options. Pensions minister Baroness Ros Altmann has even […]

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UK house prices up 7.7%

UK house prices increased 7.7 per cent in the year to November 2015, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics. The figures show the average house price was £288,000 in November. Over the year to November house price annual inflation was 8.3 per cent in England, 1.3 per cent in Wales, 0.4 […]

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EU regulatory chair: 12-month Mifid II delay may not be enough

A 12-month delay to Mifid II regulation, which is expected to be announced by the European Commission in weeks, may not be enough for the industry to prepare, says the chief of the European Securities and Markets Authority. It is widely expected that Mifid II will be delayed by a year, with its new implementation […]

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Neil Liversidge: Quest for perfection makes advice unaffordable

We all moan about the FCA, the Financial Ombudsman Service and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. But in reality the problems of regulation, high costs and all, are symptoms. The root causes are economics, the law of the land and politics. I have always been grateful for the fact that, as a teenager, I could […]

Onshore bonds: Still going strong 

Onshore bonds are a once-beloved product, now seemingly ignored by many advisers in favour of the supposedly more glamorous international investment bonds or collective investments. Yes, most onshore bonds don’t have ‘open architecture’ and none deliver exemption from tax on capital gains at fund level or the ability for investors to use their annual exemption […]

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