US equities: In a (relatively) good position

The strong dollar is hurting exporters, but the domestic economy is growing, the banks are strong and consumers are paying off their debts, says Cormac Weldon, head of Artemis’ US team.

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Off target: Pressure grows on FCA over advice due diligence scrutiny

The FCA is facing pressure to ramp up its efforts to investigate advisers’ due diligence processes after almost two years of work culminated in a report just six pages long. The regulator published the findings of a long-awaited thematic review last week which revealed concerns advisers may be failing to adequately perform checks on the platforms […]

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Rachel Reeves: Chancellor must choose flat-rate tax relief

Former shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves has lent her support to a flat-rate of 33 per cent tax relief on pension contributions. Reeves, who now sits on the Treasury Select Committee, describes the current rules as “unjust and ill-judged” for giving higher earners more relief than those on lower incomes. “The Chancellor should […]

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Closed-book giant Phoenix: ‘No evidence’ exit fees blocking pension freedoms

Closed-book provider Phoenix Life says it does not consider exit charges a problem and finds “no evidence” penalties are stopping customers using the pension freedoms. The stance comes a day after Scottish Widows announced plans to scrap all exit fees on workplace pensions and Money Marketing revealed Standard Life and Prudential have capped penalties. Phoenix […]

Greece: the sideshow continues

Artemis managers James Foster, Mark Page and Laurent Millet comment on the Greek deal, describing it as “just another fudge” getting in the way of bigger developments in China, the UK and the US. To read the full article click here.

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