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Nick Bamford: The shocking cost of poor provider service

Impartial, independent professional advice is not cheap and one of the often-discussed contributory factors in this cost is that of regulation. The Financial Services Compensation Scheme interim levy bills are a good example of regulatory costs pressures. Adviser firms have little choice but to find a, hopefully, palatable way to pass this on to the […]

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Octopus to offer VCTs through Transact

Octopus Investments is to allow investors to buy and hold shares in its Venture Capital Trusts through adviser-facing platform Transact for the first time.  The launch of the service follows a change announced in the Finance Bill 2014 which allows investors to buy VCTs directly via a platform. Previously, investors could only transfer their holding to […]

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Steve Bee: The golden age of pensions is well and truly over

There was a time when announcing a pension seminar was a sure fire way of emptying a room. Today things are different. Pension seminars are packed to the rafters with people absolutely hooked on getting details of the new freedoms. How times change. While I am pretty happy with the way this has turned out […]

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