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FCA fines Merrill Lynch International £13m over transaction reporting

The FCA has fined Merrill Lynch International £13.3m for transaction reporting failures. The regulator says MLI incorrectly reported over 35 million transactions, and failed to report a further 121,387 transactions between November 2007 and November 2014. The fine is the highest ever imposed by the regulator for transaction reporting failures. The FCA says the size […]

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Richard Freeman: Networks will survive and thrive

The news Sesame Bankhall is to close its investment adviser network has led some to call into question the network model and imply the directly authorised route is the only option for advisers. I allow myself a wry smile when I read these comments, which are often made by individuals who have enjoyed long careers […]

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Govt sells down stake in Lloyds after rally

The Government has capitalised on a rally in Lloyds Banking Group shares following last week’s election result and reduced its stake in the bank to below 20 per cent. The Financial Times reports the Treasury will say as early as this week that it has cut its stake in Lloyds from 21 per cent to […]

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Advisers back away from DB transfers

Just one in four advisers are willing to work on transfers out of defined benefit pension schemes, boosting calls for new regulatory guidance. A survey of 248 advisers conducted by NMG Consulting found just 27 per cent would undertake DB transfers, while around half said they they would not. A quarter of respondents were undecided. […]

UK policy: Kate Moss and short-termism

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” said supermodel Kate Moss, who is not often credited for her insights into policy making. Perhaps she should be. In politics, as in matters of diet, the course of action that is the best over the long term is often not the most desirable course of action in the short term. Add the instant gratification of the democratic electoral cycle and, instead of good policy making, you sometimes get the equivalent to a midnight binge in front of the fridge.

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