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The problem with a standalone equity release qualification

The discussion around whether to introduce a standalone equity release qualification shows just how complex the advice landscape has become. The concern is that advisers are not considering equity release products due to the current qualifications being more linked to mortgage advice. There is a real fear of failure to satisfy the regulator and ombudsman. […]

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Old Mutual hints core businesses could be sold off

Old Mutual has not ruled out selling off its businesses as it begins a managed separation to extricate the four parts of the group. In a market update today, Old Mutual outlined the “highly complex” nature of the managed separation, which will see Old Mutual Asset Management, Old Mutual Wealth, Old Mutual Emerging Markets and […]

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Lighthouse launches in-house investment arm

Lighthouse Group has launched an in-house investment proposition powered by Octopus Investments and the Zurich platform. Luceo Asset Management has launched with three risk-targeted multi-manager funds run by Octopus and available through the newly set-up Lighthouse Zurich platform. The deal between Lighthouse and Zurich has been agreed for a five-year term. Fund performance will be […]

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Ian McKenna joins Govt’s pensions dashboard panel

Finance & Technology Research Centre director and Money Marketing columnist Ian McKenna, has been appointed to the Treasuy’s pensions dashboard steering group. A pilot version of the pension dashboard is due to be released in March, with the technology available to savers from 2019. The pensions dashboard will allow savers to access information about all […]

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UK Equities 2018 outlook: Low volatility can beget higher volatility

Mark Martin, Head of UK Equities, Neptune Brexit negotiations have weighed on consumer confidence. After several years of high levels of consumer confidence, cracks have emerged as house price growth in many regions stalled and the Bank of England raised interest rates for the first time since 2007. The rise in rates appeared to reflect the […]

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