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‘Almost criminal’: FCA urged to investigate unit-linked guarantees

Industry experts have branded unit-linked guarantees “almost criminal” and called on the FCA to investigate whether the products represent value for money. Unit-linked products, commonly known as guaranteed drawdown, have been touted by providers since the 2014 Budget as a way to offer both guaranteed income and flexibility. But Aviva head of pensions policy John […]

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Labour renews Tory tax avoidance attacks

Labour leader Ed Miliband is seeking to return tax avoidance and non-dom rules to the spotlight just days before the election. Speaking today in Pendle, Lancashire, Miliband will claim that “there is no bigger symbol” of the failures of the coalition Government than tax avoidance, and renew his pledge to ban non-dom status for those […]

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Wonga records pre-tax loss following £35m customer redress hit

Controversial payday lender Wonga has reported a pre-tax loss of £37.3m for 2014 after taking a £35m customer remediation hit following an intervention by the FCA. The firm’s full-year results for the 12 months to 31 December 2014, published today, reveal revenues plummeted 31 per cent year-on-year, from £314.7m to £217.2m, driven by a “significant […]

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Aldermore management probed ahead of float

The Prudential Regulation Authority investigated the management and governance at Aldermore ahead of the challenger bank’s plans to float the on the stockmarket. The Financial Times reports the regulator launched a review of the bank’s governance last year after chairman Sir David Arculus left the company in 2013. Sources have told the newspaper the regulator […]

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Reassuringly focused on claims

By Ross Jackson, senior protection marketing manager We’re sure you’ll have heard your customers say ‘But insurance companies don’t pay claims’ when giving a reason for not wanting to take out protection. In fact, our State of the Protection Nation research showed that 27 per cent of consumers asked didn’t think protection providers paid out […]

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