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Standard Life to compensate over botched pension collections

Standard Life must compensate a client for failing to collect regular pension contributions from their bank account. The upheld Financial Ombudsman Service decision says Ms M consolidated her pensions into one scheme with Standard Life in 2015, and drew down 25 per cent of the fund to repay outstanding debts. In order to help replenish […]

Pimfa commits to keeping WMA indices

Adviser trade body Pimfa has confirmed it will keep and revamp its indices following speculation they might be scrapped. The new trade body was set up in June last year through the merger of the Wealth Management Association and Apfa. In March 2017, the WMA launched the MSCI WMA Private Investor Index Series, which is […]

Is default drawdown a realistic proposition?

Default models have proved successful for accumulation but can the same be said for drawdown? When an idea works, it is natural to see if it can successfully be applied to something else. So it should come as no surprise that MPs are calling for default decumulation options to emulate the success auto-enrolment has had […]

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FCA data sheds light on mortgage broker numbers

There are 5,210 directly-authorised mortgage intermediary firms in the UK, according to Financial Conduct Authority figures. The FCA says those firms employ 34,105 approved people, and that there are an additional 14,169 appointed representatives as of 10 January 2018. The regulator revealed the data following an anonymous Freedom of Information request. Figures or estimates on […]

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UK housebuilders: A concrete investment?

By Mark Martin, Head of UK Equities, Neptune UK housebuilders have performed strongly in recent times, rising in excess of 400 per cent since the financial crisis. But with house price growth slowing and construction workloads decreasing, do UK housebuilder stocks represent a concrete investment? Read more Important information – For professional investors only. Investment Risks […]

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