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‘Almost criminal’: FCA urged to investigate unit-linked guarantees

Industry experts have branded unit-linked guarantees “almost criminal” and called on the FCA to investigate whether the products represent value for money. Unit-linked products, commonly known as guaranteed drawdown, have been touted by providers since the 2014 Budget as a way to offer both guaranteed income and flexibility. But Aviva head of pensions policy John […]

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Apfa writes to Govt over ‘unjustifiable’ hike in adviser fees

Apfa has written to the major political parties to urge a rethink of what it terms an “unjustifiable” 10 per cent increase in advisers’ FCA fees. In a paper on proposed fees published in March, the FCA said A13 advisers will pay £74.9m in 2015/16, up by 10 per cent from £68m in 2014/15. The […]

Natixis nets record £14bn inflows

Natixis Global Asset Management has seen a net income increase of 25 per cent to €331m (£246m) in the first quarter of 2015, helped by new net inflows in its asset management unit. The group saw a record €19bn of net inflows in the asset management business of which €8bn was in Europe and €11bn […]

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Asking prices fell pre-election but up 2.5% annually

Asking prices dipped in the run-up to the election but are up 2.5 per cent annually. Research by online estate agent Rightmove shows the average UK asking price was £285,891 in May, down 0.1 per cent from £286,133 in April. However, asking prices were up 2.5 per cent year-on-year from around £278,900 in April 2014. […]

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Europe: Political risk on the rise?

By Rob Burnett, Head of European Equities, Neptune In recent weeks, worrying headlines have been emerging from Spain, Germany and Italy amidst political unrest. Is political risk on the rise in Europe, asks Neptune’s Rob Burnett? Click here Important Information – for investment professionals only. Investment risks   This Fund may have a high volatility rating […]

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