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Octopus to offer VCTs through Transact

Octopus Investments is to allow investors to buy and hold shares in its Venture Capital Trusts through adviser-facing platform Transact for the first time.  The launch of the service follows a change announced in the Finance Bill 2014 which allows investors to buy VCTs directly via a platform. Previously, investors could only transfer their holding to […]

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Tales from the frontline on pension freedoms

It has been noticeably quiet for us on the pension front since the reforms were introduced. It appears consumers have heeded the various warnings to avoid rushing to make decisions. We expect to advise a large number of clients on pension freedoms over the next three to five years but hopefully these will be on a […]

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Scottish Widows sells offshore business to RL360

Scottish Widows has sold its offshore life business Clerical Medical to investment group RL360. Clerical Medical has been running as a closed business since March 2012 after Scottish Widows parent Lloyds Bank moved to refocus on core UK banking and insurance operations. The business consists of around 24,000 policies, with over £5bn assets under management, […]

Bank of England holds base rate at 0.5%

The Bank of England has confirmed the base interest rate will be held at 0.5 per cent for the 74th consecutive month. The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee has also voted to keep the quantitative easing programme at £375bn, a level that has been maintained since July 2012 when it was increased by £50bn. The Bank’s […]

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