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D2C platforms attacked over exit fees

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Robert Sinclair: The great mortgage robbery

The proposed fee increases from the FCA should shock and anger firms. They should also worry consumers. These costs have to be passed on. With inflation running at 0 per cent and wages increasing at less than 2 per cent, it takes a special type of organisation to propose increasing its costs by 8.5 per […]

Ian McKenna: Treading the fine line between good and bad robo advice

At the beginning of the month, Nick and Martin Bamford caused amusement around the industry by announcing the launch of Informed Choice’s robo-adviser as an April Fools prank. What many in the industry might find scary, however, is that they are not too far away from the truth. The emergence of real robo-advisers is, in […]

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Octopus to offer VCTs through Transact

Octopus Investments is to allow investors to buy and hold shares in its Venture Capital Trusts through adviser-facing platform Transact for the first time.  The launch of the service follows a change announced in the Finance Bill 2014 which allows investors to buy VCTs directly via a platform. Previously, investors could only transfer their holding to […]

India budget: BJP focuses on growth

By Kunal Desai, Head of Indian Equities

With markets kept open on Saturday, finance minister Arun Jaitley delivered a promising budget focused on growth and decentralisation. While many complained about a six-day working week, there was much to be pleased about and the markets rallied in the afternoon to finish in the green.

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