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Japan’s Nikkei passes 20,000 level

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index has edged past the 20,000 barrier in early trading for the first time since April 2000. The BBC reports the index hit 20,004.99 before falling to 19,907.63 at the close. Markets were buoyed by US energy stocks and a strong performance by Fast Retailing, Asia’s largest clothing retailer. Earlier this […]

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Should savers be given free advice ‘voucher’ at retirement?

Ukip has been accused of “mollycoddling” retirees after proposing to offer a guarantee of free financial advice to protect savers following the introduction of pension freedoms. Nigel Farage’s party unveiled the plans last week as part of their manifesto launch. One idea being considered would see retirees given a “voucher” to spend on advice. The […]

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Towergate Financial rebrands as Wren Sterling

Towergate Financial has rebranded to Wren Sterling following a management buyout. The new name will cover Towergate’s 110-strong adviser business. Mortgage broker John Charcol is expected to retain its existing identity. Palatine Private Equity completed a £14m deal in support of last month’s management buyout, backing Towergate Financial chief executive Warren Page to lead the […]

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Tales from the frontline on pension freedoms

It has been noticeably quiet for us on the pension front since the reforms were introduced. It appears consumers have heeded the various warnings to avoid rushing to make decisions. We expect to advise a large number of clients on pension freedoms over the next three to five years but hopefully these will be on a […]

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India’s key reform of 2017? Government announces huge banks recapitalisation programme

Kunal Desai, Head of Indian Equities, Neptune India’s government has announced a huge recapitalisation plan to fortify the balance sheets of its ailing state owned (SOE) banks. The government has committed $32 billion, which was far in excess of market expectations. This capital will be infused over the next two years and should help the […]

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