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Mega Merger: What does the £5.6bn Aviva/Friends Life deal mean for advisers?

The proposed £5.6bn mega-merger of Aviva and Friends Life will result in thousands of job losses and rock the foundations of the UK pensions, protection and investment industries, experts are predicting. Last week, the Aviva and Friends Life boards revealed detailed discussions on the biggest pension deal in years. The Friends Life board has indicated […]

Osborne adviser set to join BlackRock

Chancellor George Osborne’s chief economic adviser ‎Rupert Harrison is in talks to join Blackrock. Sky News reports Harrison, who has led on the Government’s economic policy since 2010, is in talks with BlackRock to join the fund manager. Talks are said to be at an advanced stage but a formal announcement is understood to be weeks away. […]

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Legg Mason: UK investors not prepared to pay going rate for advice

Wealthy UK investors are prepared to pay a maximum of £110 an hour for financial advice, a Legg Mason survey shows, 26 per cent less than the average fee charged by advisers in 2014. According to Legg Mason, the cost of advice can range from £75 to £250 per hour, with one poll by unbiased.co.uk […]

Nucleus pre-tax profit up 26% in Q1

Nucleus has reported a 26 per cent increase in pre-tax profit for the first three months of the year. The platform made a £564,000 profit in Q1, up from £449,000 in Q1 2014. Gross inflows for the first quarter of the year totalled £510m, up by 6 per cent from £481m in the equivalent period […]

Finding security in bond markets

Martin Foden, head of credit research at Royal London Asset Management, explores the role of secured bonds, considering the impact of default and the characteristics of secured bonds versus supranationals and highlighting some examples. He also examines the evolution of the credit market and rating agency inefficiencies. Read the article in full: The value of […]

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