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Govt pledges to tackle ‘heavy handed’ regulators

The Government will today set out plans to cut at least £10bn in business red tape in a bid to boost Britain’s growth prospects, the Telegraph reports. Recently-appointed Business Secretary Sajid Javid will vow to help small firms by getting “heavy handed” regulators off their backs. In a speech in Bristol, Javid will say: “Small […]

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LifeSearch renews contract with MoneySupermarket

LifeSearch has renewed its contract with MoneySupermarket.com to provide protection advice to customers of the comparison site. The specialist protection intermediary has had an agreement with MoneySupermarket.com since January 2013. It declined to say how long the new contract is for. LifeSearch chief executive Tom Baigrie says: “We are delighted that our partnership with MoneySupermarket is […]

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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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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 […]

The Merchants Trust PLC – May 2017

Welcome to the latest update for The Merchants Trust PLC from the Trust’s portfolio manager, Simon Gergel. Side Thoughts from Simon Gergel… April saw the first day since the industrial revolution that no coal was used to generate electricity for the UK’s national grid. The Financial Times reported that around 34% of power was generated […]

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