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Stephanie Flanders: A market to buck global equity trends

Some countries look better than others in today’s global bull market. For example, Europe may suffer from market jitters at the possibility of a Greek debt default and US equities are facing the twin headwinds of a higher dollar and pressure on margins. By comparison, Japanese equities are unlikely to be buffeted in the same […]

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Apfa writes to Govt over ‘unjustifiable’ hike in adviser fees

Apfa has written to the major political parties to urge a rethink of what it terms an “unjustifiable” 10 per cent increase in advisers’ FCA fees. In a paper on proposed fees published in March, the FCA said A13 advisers will pay £74.9m in 2015/16, up by 10 per cent from £68m in 2014/15. The […]

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Can big data make protection simple?

Discussions about simplifying the underwriting and application process for protection products throws up the use of big data by insurance companies. But can the use of data already being generated really be simple? Big data refers to the huge amount of data available from a range of sources. Databases and official records are nothing new […]

Greg Hands replaces Danny Alexander as Treasury chief secretary

Conservative party whip Greg Hands has been named as chief secretary to the Treasury, replacing Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander. Hands has served in the Tory whip office since 2011, but was handed his new role as part of today’s Cabinet reshuffle. As chief secretary, Hands will be the second most senior MP in the Treasury, […]

Changes to early exit pension charges

In November last year, the FCA announced that from 31 March 2017, early exit pension charges will be capped at 1% for those customers who are eligible to access their retirement savings from age of 55. The rules also state that for new personal pension plans started after that date, or on new increments into […]

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