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SVM Asset Management launches The Value Key

SVM Asset Management launches The Value Key

SVM Asset Management has launched its new online blog: The Value Key. It features critical investment commentary and analysis, with SVM fund managers and analysts sharing their views on market developments, macro views, behavioural finance and more. SVM’s investment team are constantly searching for value and this platform offers an insight into the thought processes […]

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Robust culture essential to delivering fair outcomes for customers

Colin Wilcox, Technical Director at TCC, comments on the FCA’s guidance on fair treatment of closed-book customers:  “The FCA has been clear about its expectations on firms to deliver positive outcomes for all customers, and that a blanket approach is not sufficient. However, the published responses to its consultation highlight that more work may still […]

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MiFID II and the rise of RegTech in 2017

Matt Gibbs, Product Manager at Linedata, the leading international software and technology provider, comments on the key regulatory challenges facing financial services organisations in 2017, and how a more holistic regulatory technology approach should be adopted to reduce mounting pressure. “MiFID II looks set to remain the key regulatory focus for financial services firms in […]

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OPEC production cut puts oil market in supply deficit

“OPEC members yesterday agreed to cut daily oil output by 1.2 million barrels”, comments Roberto Cominotto, portfolio manager at GAM. “This marks the first production cut since 2008 and most importantly puts an end to the cartel’s two year strategy of flooding the oil market to push out high-cost producers. Surprisingly, Russia also seems to […]

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Chancellor sticks his head in the sand on pensions

Matthew Brown, Private Client Partner at Thomas Miller Investment, comments on changes around pensions rules in the Autumn Statement We had a new Chancellor at the despatch box today, and like his predecessors he couldn’t resist tweaking the pensions’ rules.  What is revealing though is that he has all but ruled out tackling the state […]

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Northern Ireland and Scotland see steepest decline in October mortgage sales

The Home Counties and South Coast were the only regions to report mortgage sales growth in October (+2.5% and +1.0% respectively), according to Equifax Touchstone analysis of the intermediary marketplace. Northern Ireland and Scotland saw the biggest slump at -8.7% and -5.2% respectively. Buy-to-let mortgage sales for the month fell by 5.3% (-£153.7m) on September […]

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Autumn Statement – Scrap the taper

Ian Price, Divisional Director for Pensions and Consultancy at St. James’s Place, explains why he supports revoking the pensions taper.  Last month, the government scrapped George Osborne’s blueprint for a second-hand annuity market, following concerns about consumer protection. Now there are calls for the new chancellor, Philip Hammond, to overturn some of his predecessor’s other […]

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Ensuring the safe use of lifeboats

The death of a crewman and injury of four others during a recent lifeboat drill has once again drawn attention to the danger posed by the complexity of modern lifeboats. Captain Anuj Velankar, P&I executive and Loss Prevention Advisor, UK P&I Club, reviews the issues around lifeboats and offers suggestions for safer usage: “A study […]

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£500 Pensions Advice Allowance may lead to misconceptions over the true cost of financial advice

David Hetherton, CEO of Walker Crips Wealth Management, comments on plans to enable savers to use £500 from their pensions to pay for financial advice on their retirement: “The Pensions Advice Allowance is a big step in the right direction which will encourage savers to consider taking valuable financial advice on their retirement strategy. “While the […]

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