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Steve Bee: Employers tied in knots by red tape on pensions

Many of my friends are ex-teachers, having retired from the profession. We were recently talking about how valuable the teachers’ pension scheme has been to them in building a decent amount to retire on and bemoaning the fact the next generations are unlikely to have such benefits provided through the generosity of their employers. Our […]

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Brewin profits jump as new advisers targeted

Discretionary fund manager Brewin Dolphin has recorded another £38m in profits for the first half of the year, despite a drop in assets under management. The DFM blames “lower investment returns” for a slight fall in total assets from £40.1bn to £39.7bn. However, profits were up 20 per cent, as net inflows from advisers reached £900m […]

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SJP trainee adviser banned and fined for faking qualifications

A St James’s Place advice recruit has been fined and banned after he falsely claimed to hold CII qualifications. Former SJP trainee adviser Alexander Stuart has been ordered to pay a £34,000 fine by 28 September after telling senior supervisors at the firm that he was fully qualified to provide advice. According to the FCA […]

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Advisers pinpoint growth segments post-freedoms

Just over two-thirds of advisers expect most business to come from at-retirement clients with assets ranging from £100,000 to £250,000 this year, according to research from consultants AKG. The online survey of 100 advisers conducted in March looks at how advisers are dealing with the opportunities and challenges of pension freedoms. It is one of […]

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