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Lloyds set to return to private sector at a profit

The Treasury is set to recoup its remaining stake in Lloyds Banking Group and return the bank to private ownership at a profit. The Financial Times reports the Government is expected to offload a tranche of 1.4bn shares to sell out of Lloyds completely by the end of May. The Treasury has a stake of […]

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Standard Life and Aberdeen eye smart beta entry as merger plans take shape

Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life have “big plans” to enter the smart beta arena as the merging firms prepare to present their new investment strategy. The divisional investment structure of Aberdeen and Standard Life, which will be presented to shareholders in early May, will focus on up to six investment strategies within equity, fixed […]

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Is advice still a ‘loss-leader’ despite FCA rules?

Concerns have been raised about how effective the FCA’s cross-subsidy rules are in stopping vertically integrated firms from running advice propositions at a loss and propping them up through product and platform charges. Rules for vertically integrated firms were introduced under the RDR to stop them “unreasonably” cross-subsiding the cost of providing advice from other […]

Testing the Foundation

The global economy isn’t headed into recession, at least not yet. This month, David Lafferty, Chief Market Strategist at Natixis Global Asset Management, examines current capital market and portfolio risks for signs of recession. Click Here for Capital Market Notes

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