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Osborne adviser set to join BlackRock

Chancellor George Osborne’s chief economic adviser ‎Rupert Harrison is in talks to join Blackrock. Sky News reports Harrison, who has led on the Government’s economic policy since 2010, is in talks with BlackRock to join the fund manager. Talks are said to be at an advanced stage but a formal announcement is understood to be weeks away. […]

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Nic Cicutti: Back to the Future policies are failing voters

Of all the sayings about the media’s need to remain neutral when delivering information to the public, one of the most over-used is that from former Guardian editor CP Scott back in the 1920s: “Comment is free but facts are sacred.” If so, then my column last week, in which I criticised the backward nature […]

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Zurich transfers annuity book to Rothesay Life

Zurich UK Life is to transfer its legacy portfolio of £1.2bn of annuities to specialist insurer Rothesay Life for an undisclosed fee. Under part seven transfer rules the transfer, of around 28,000 policies, is subject to a review process by regulators and courts before it can complete. Zurich has not actively promoted annuity sales since […]

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Labour’s Andy Burnham: Bring forward EU vote to 2016

A UK referendum on EU membership must be brought forward to 2016, according to Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham. Shadow health secretary Burnham, who is one of four candidates running for Labour’s leadership following the resignation of Ed Miliband, described himself as staunchly pro-Europe, and pledged to embrace public desire for a vote. David Cameron’s […]

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Japanese politics and record-breaking markets

Chris Taylor, Head of Japanese Equities, Neptune The Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) convincing election victory on Sunday means that leader Shinzo Abe is on course to be the longest-serving Japanese prime minister since the Second World War. The LDP and its junior coalition partner Komeito strolled home with 313 seats, meaning they were able to […]

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