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Consolidator AFH buys up another firm and client bank

Consolidator AFH has secured two acquisition deals in the last two days as it continues its takeover plans for adviser businesses. The two deals take the total number of acquisitions for the financial year so far to six for AFH. Yesterday, the consolidator announced it had purchased the client bank of South Yorkshire IFA Lifetime […]

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FSCS boss: Bad DB transfers will drive up levies

Financial Services Compensation Scheme levies for the coming year will reflect the growth in claims from poorly advised defined benefit pension transfers, chief executive Mark Neale has said. In a blog published this morning Neale writes that the levies – to be published in April – will show the claims to do with pensions have […]

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Gregg McClymont: Many of freedoms’ true challenges yet to surface

I sat open-mouthed in the House of Commons four years ago as George Osborne announced the end of a national retirement system based on annuities. Three years on from the law change, several trends are clear. First, overall we remain in what I call ‘Income Drawdown’s Phoney War’: as long as the vast majority of retirees […]

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