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EU changes to KFI will spark consumer confusion

European changes to the Key Facts Illustration document will create “confusion” among borrowers and could prevent them from comparing deals from different lenders, say experts. The mortgage credit directive comes into force on 21 March 2016 and replaces the KFI in the UK with a new European standardised information sheet. The FCA has given lenders […]

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Treasury spends £37k on Pension Wise branding

The Government has spent £37,000 developing a “brand indentity” for guidance service Pension Wise. It paid £22,000 to Jigsaw Research “for the provision of research to test brand names, logos and straplines” for the service and £15,000 to Red Stone Design for similar work on the name and “brand identity”. The contracts were awarded at […]

Alliance Trust Savings buys Brewin’s Stocktrade for £14m

Alliance Trust Savings has bought Brewin Dolphin’s Stocktrade, adding more than £4.6bn in assets, in a bid to make ATS more profitable after a public battle with shareholders on the future of the business. The company has bought Brewin’s execution-only stockbroking business for £14m, saying the deal gives ATS the ability to scale its operations, with […]

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PI brokers raise concerns over new insurer Elite

Professional indemnity insurance brokers have raised concerns about the financial strength of new PI insurer, Elite Hoyl Underwriting Management, which offers cover underwritten by Elite Insurance, entered the financial adviser market last month with claims it can halt the trend of escalating premiums. But PI brokers say advisers need to be aware that Elite Insurance […]

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(Another) downhill stroll — retirement planning

A report published this morning by the CIPD (CIPD Employee Outlook March 2015) provides yet more interesting data to the changing landscape of retirement planning. It should be remembered that we are in a period of genuine flux here given that the default retirement age was scrapped three years ago, and new pension freedoms come online in April. Both of these alterations will have a huge impact on how employees plan for their retirement.

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