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  • Consumer scepticism of protection products needs to be tackled

    19 September 2018

    Many consumers remain sceptical about the level of insurance claims paid out, new research from Aegon has shown.  An overwhelming 92% of people believed the UK insurance industry pays out less than 90% of protection claims each year, with just 8% believing the figure was higher than that. Aegon labeled the findings “disturbingly low”...

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  • Are you prepared for new FCA rules on pension transfers, conversions and opt-outs?

    19 September 2018

    ATEB Consulting’s Steve Bailey looks at what is expected when the latest rules on pensions transfers come in on 1 October 2018. FCA Policy Statement PS 18/6, issued in March 2018, introduced some new rules relating to advice on pension transfers, conversions and opt-outs. Some of these came into effect on 1 April 2018,...

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  • Paraplanning firm shortlisted for entrepreneur award 

    18 September 2018

    Paraplanning firm Para-Sols has been shortlisted for an entrepreneur award, after spending over a year and a half focusing on its growth strategy.   The Darlington-based firm of 27 beat off tough competition to make the regional shortlist for the 2018 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards’ Team of the Year award. Now in its sixth...

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  • High expectation for VCT fund raising in 2018

    18 September 2018

    Venture Capital Trust (VCT) fundraising is set to fare well this year with investors continuing to look for tax-efficient alternatives to traditional pension savings, according to Albion Capital. The firm expects this year’s fundraising to be as successful as last year’s, which was the second highest on record, in part thanks to growing awareness...

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  • What impact the escalation of the US vs China trade war?

    18 September 2018

    As the trade wars escalate, Keith Wade, Schroders chief economist, says he can see no sign of agreement between the US and China and assesses the macro impact.  The US has announced tariffs on another $200 billion of imports from China, citing ongoing concerns over the theft of technology and forced transfer of intellectual...

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  • More realistic approach crucial for retirees

    17 September 2018

    New research from VitalityInvest has found that many Brits are looking forward to their retirement years, with nearly half (47%) planning to go travelling.  Spending time with family and friends (35%) and taking time to finally relax and chill out (34%) also ranked highly among respondents. Despite this, as many as 44% of UK...

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  • Global financial system still vulnerable

    17 September 2018

    Ten years on from the collapse of the Lehman Brothers, Jens Hagendorff, professor of finance at the University of Edinburgh Business School,  warns that the global financial system remains vulnerable.  Hagendorff cites increasing bond spreads in Italy, jitters in emerging markets and the low market valuations of European banks as evidence of investors continuing...

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  • Appetite for good causes investment growing

    16 September 2018

    There is growing appetite among UK investors for investments that support good causes and add value to communities.  According to a survey of 1,627 adults by Oaksmore ISA, the most popular responses were projects with green credentials (19%) such as green energy and projects which benefit the community, with respondents particularly favouring schemes in...

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