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£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)...

Farmland outshining gold

The average price of English farmland rose by 11% to a record £6,882/acre in 2013, according to the latest results from the Knight Frank Farmland Index...

Auction Lets has launched - Landlords auction it and tenants bid for it

A new way for landlords to let their property has launched this month, providing an innovative alternative to the traditional lettings model...

Merseyside Innovation Awards are back on the hunt for the region’s most ingenious businesses

This week marks the full launch of the Merseyside Innovation Awards for 2014 as the search for the most ingenious businesses and products in the region begins once more...

Market Observations: 2014 bond outlook

Bond markets have enjoyed a bull run over the past 30 years, largely supported by both falling interest rates and inflation and, since 2008, loose monetary policy...

Equity Advice launches Later Life Academy

Advisers working, or looking to work, in the later life market will now be able to join the new Later Life Academy (LLA), which has been launched to raise standards and provide business opportunities in sectors such as equity release, annuities and long-term care...

Paragon Mortgages launch lifetime buy-to-let trackers

Paragon Mortgages, the specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender, has launched a range of lifetime tracker products along with refreshing the rest of its range of fixed and tracker buy-to-let mortgages...

FCA review into non-advised investment sales puts customer insight into focus

The FCA is asking selected wealth firms to provide detailed information on business models, product ranges, and governance and controls as part of a thematic review on non-advised and simplified advice investment sales...

Franchise sector holds the key to UK economic growth in 2014

Franchise Development Services (FDS) has released figures showing a steep increase in the number of people looking to invest in a franchise opportunity...

2014 financial markets outlook

Looking forward to 2014, Threadneedle Investments said it believed the year would be characterised by the move towards financial markets standing on their own feet again, as the global policy support that has been providing abundant liquidity to markets starts to be withdrawn...

Only 50% of UK population in control of financial future

With each New Year we all resolve to live a healthier lifestyle but as BlackRock’s Investor Pulse Survey reveals that only half of Brits (50%) feel in control of their financial future, should everyone sign up to a new savings regime, go on a spending diet and cut out the excess? Tony Stenning, BlackRock’s head of UK retail, said: “Just two in five Brits (39%) see funding a comfortable retirement as a priority and with less than half of the population actually saving for retirement (47%) people need to start dedicating as much time to overhauling their finances as they do to new diets and exercise...

End of year farmland review

Here David Hebditch, Head of Rural at Chesterton Humberts, reveals a welcome return by the "lifestyle purchaser" to the farmland market...

Transport and living costs biggest barriers to London’s success

Ageing infrastructure and the high cost of living are the biggest barriers to London’s continued competitiveness, according to the capital’s businesses...

Credit card debt growth fears

More than one in three credit card customers do not clear their debts or believe they will not clear them despite taking out zero per cent balance transfer deals, according to new findings from independent market research firm Consumer Intelligence...



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