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Stephen Smith: Boost supply, not demand

As the last weeks of the general election campaign grind on, at least we seem to have some emerging consensus about what needs to be done in the housing market (although little consensus about how). For the first time in many years housing features strongly in the manifestos of all parties and there is something […]

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Labour election win could block cash for annuity plan

Pensioners who want to swap their annuities for cash or drawdown under the Coalition’s plan could find a Labour government blocking their plans, Money Marketing understands. Chancellor George Osborne launched a consultation on creating a secondary annuity market as part of his March Budget, and claimed the reform would allow around five million people to […]

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Joanne Smith: Don’t let poor performance management lead to misselling

Despite recent industry improvements on staff incentives in a bid to reduce misselling, wider performance management techniques have been found to negatively influence the behaviour of frontline staff. The FCA has been clear in its stance that firms that offer staff incentives or use ‘pushy’ performance management techniques to drive sales are not operating in […]

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Cameron warned over rapid EU referendum ‘dangers’

Prime Minister David Cameron has been warned accelerating the deadline for an EU referendum could undermine efforts to seek reform to the existing settlement, the FT reports. The Conservatives have promised an in/out referendum in 2017, although some – including Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham – want Cameron to accelerate the timetable to reduce uncertainty. […]

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Your Index-Linked Gilt Fund may not be as risky as you think

Index-linked gilts (also known as inflation-linked) can play an important role within an investor’s portfolio,and are a distinct asset class to conventional gilts. While index-linked gilts have a higher duration compared to their conventional counterparts, this duration figure is misleading as inflation-linked bonds do not tend to move in line with their conventional counterparts. Key […]

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