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HSBC has confirmed it is being investigated by French authorities, which have imposed a bail of €1bn as they probe alleged tax evasion offences linked to the Falciani List. The list, first leaked to French authorities in 2008, contained details of more than 100,000 HSBC account holders which former HSBC worker and whistleblower Herve Falciani believed […]

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Providers mandate advice on internal pension transfers

Providers are demanding customers take advice before transferring from old to modern schemes to access the new pension freedoms. Advisers are already being used by the Government as a defence against people making poor retirement decisions. The Government has said people must take advice before transferring out of defined benefit schemes. An FCA consultation published […]

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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 […]

Billy Burrows: The invisible force

According to a business associate of mine (and someone considering his own retirement options) “the sands have shifted since the pensions freedoms were announced”. Now they are here, he believes most rational people will work out the cash option is not that attractive considering the tax implications and the problem of where to reinvest it. […]

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