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True Potential adds Threadneedle Income Strategies to its platform

True Potential Investments has added four Threadneedle Income Strategies to its Wealth Platform, featuring an exclusive price cap...

2014 Outlook for Frontier Markets – Michael Levy, Baring Asset Management

Investment Manager at Baring Asset Management, Michael Levy, has outlined an outlook for frontier markets:    There are several areas in frontier markets which, we think, will provide opportunities...

Transition Management providers warned by FCA

Over £165 billion of assets invested in pensions and other large funds are transferred between investment managers, markets and products every year by 13 specialist transition management (TM) providers...

Prospects for the UK economy

National Institute Economic Review for February 2014 has revealed the following:   The UK’s economic recovery has become entrenched...

Investor confidence in UK shares continues to rise

After a strong year for UK shares, the Lloyds Bank Private Banking Investor Sentiment Index survey shows private investor confidence in UK shares asset class has remained high, but there has also been a small flight to safety away from Japan and Emerging Markets...

Central England Business Angels rebrands as Oxygen Investors

The long-established Central England Business Angels is to rebrand as Oxygen Investors, reflecting its move from a traditional investment network focused solely on raising equity funding from a group of high net worth individuals, to a broader funding model...

FCA launches MMR webcast

The FCA has developed a webcast of the material presented at last year’s Mortgage Market Review (MMR) workshops...

Defaqto launches its 2014 Diamond Ratings and Star Ratings

Defaqto, an independent researcher of financial products, has launched the 2014 Diamond Ratings and Star Ratings, which provide an unbiased, whole-of-market assessment of the quality of financial propositions – including a wide range of advised product areas as well as funds and fund families...

Mobile augmented reality revenues to exceed 1bn USD annually by 2015

A new report from Juniper Research has found that annual revenues from mobile augmented reality (AR) services and applications will reach 1...

Adviser banned and fined for fabricating qualification certificates

Former retail investment adviser, Ewan King, has been fined £19,900 and banned by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)from undertaking any regulated activity, after it was discovered that he had fabricated Statements of Professional Standing...

£9 Billion Australian asset management firm opens doors in UK

Following the announcement in September 2013 that Oakwood Global Finance LLP and Engage Credit Limited had been acquired by Australian lender, third party loan servicer and asset manager Pepper Group, the company is this week completing its integration by combining the Oakwood and Engage businesses and changing the name of the UK business to Pepper (UK) Limited...

HMRC receive record number of online tax returns

More than 10 million tax returns were received by the 31 January filing deadline, beating last year’s total of 9...

Albion Ventures anticipate an early close

Increasing investor interest in VCTs is resulting in the need for early action to avoid disappointment across the sector and Albion Ventures’ VCTs are no exception...

£31m in compensation to be paid out following FCA’s redress scheme

Compensation has begun to be paid by financial advisers to people who invested in the CF Arch cru Investment and Diversified funds (Arch cru) as a result of unsuitable advice...

Interest in credit card protection innovation soars

International Data Protection Day (28th January) marked a major milestone for a new innovation from South Yorkshire based Gala Tent, which aims to protect customers from fraudulent telephone transactions...

Latest Defaqto case study highlights growing importance of risk targeted funds

A new study commissioned by Heartwood Investment Management (“Heartwood”) reveals that almost half (46%) of financial advisers believe Unitised Discretionary Fund Managers (UDFMs) will become increasingly popular among their clients over the next 12 months...

When is an ISA not tax free? - Andy Gadd, Head of Research, Lighthouse Group

It is that time of year when our thoughts turn to tax. The reasons for this may be that for those who complete Self Assessment Tax Returns, which due to “fiscal drag” and the reduction in the higher rate threshold since 2009/10 continues to increase, the end of January deadline focuses the attention on this area and of course for everyone the tax year end looms on the horizon...

Standard Bank PLC fined £7.6m for failures in its anti-money laundering controls

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined Standard Bank PLC (Standard Bank) £7,640,400 for failings relating to its anti-money laundering (AML) policies and procedures over corporate customers connected to politically exposed persons (PEPs)...

Equities remain the most attractive asset in terms of risk vs. reward

More than half of institutional investors (56%) have increased their appetite for risk over the past quarter, according to the latest Risk Rotation Survey by ING Investment Management International (ING IM)...

SRA publishes names of firms that had no insurance

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has published the list of 136 firms that did not have indemnity insurance in place by 1 October deadline and did not obtain new cover during the Extended Policy Period (EPP)...



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