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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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Industry calls for clarity on IMF asset manager stress tests

More clarity is needed on why asset managers should be subjected to bank-like stress tests as the industry is at risk of overregulation, say industry experts. The International Monetary Fund is the latest organisation to call for asset managers to be subject to stress tests, in a similar way to banks, in a bid to […]

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Ukip to investigate advice ‘voucher’ system for retirees

Ukip has promised it will work to guarantee free advice to pensioners, as well as sharply increasing the budget for at-retirement guidance services. Alongside plans to overhaul state pensions announced yesterday, Ukip described current offerings from The Pensions Advisory Service and Citizens Advice as “completely inadequate”. It states that a Ukip government would make funds […]

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Pensions governance committees ‘retirement homes’ for industry veterans

Consumer champions have branded the new Independent Governance Committees for contract-based schemes “retirement homes for financial services executives, actuaries and investment bankers”. But providers have hit back, claiming the committees provide greater consumer protection than trust-based schemes. The requirement for governance committees to be established for auto-enrolment schemes was introduced following the Office of Fair […]

Europe: Domestic backdrop & China impact

By Rob Burnett, Head of European Equities In recent weeks equities have been buffeted by two shocks occurring at the same time: China’s devaluation of the renminbi and the prospect of the US Federal Reserve (Fed) raising interest rates. The market is not comfortable with the Fed raising rates at the same time that China […]

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