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Pensions minister Ros Altmann lays out priorities

New pensions minister Ros Altmann has outlined her priorities in her first public statement since entering Government. Altmann says her key focuses will be the state pension, auto-enrolment and safeguarding pension freedoms. She says: “As our population ages, it is more important than ever to help, encourage and empower people to plan and prepare for […]

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Attivo acquires four IFAs

Attivo has acquired four IFA businesses and says it is on track to complete a further seven deals this year. The chartered financial planning and wealth management firm has acquired Hertfordshire-based Porter DeVere, which was 130 active clients, and London-based Lifetime Financial Partnership, which has 180 active clients. Attivo has also bought Worcester-based Morgan Fitzgerald […]

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FCA in talks with industry and lawyers on insistent clients

The FCA is in discussions with industry representatives and lawyers on its approach to insistent clients. Any saver who wants to ditch their defined benefit scheme for a defined contribution plan to take advantage of the new pension freedoms will be required to take advice before transferring. Industry experts have raised concerns that advisers who […]

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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 […]

Is volatility dead? No, sell credit

There are several arguments that one could currently make for why credit markets look unattractive. These include signals that the US economy is in late cycle, the fact that corporate leverage has been increasing (with 2016 setting a record for the amount of global bond issuance), and that US high-yield default rates have risen considerably […]

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