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Hargreave Hale seeks £20 million for AIM VCTs

Hargreave Hale seeks £20 million for AIM VCTs

Hargreave Hale AIM VCT 1 plc and Hargreave Hale AIM VCT 2 plc are raising £20 million through an offer for subscription that is open to new and existing shareholders, with an early bird offer that will remain available until 10 February 2017. Launched in 2004, the Hargreave Hale AIM VCTs, which are co-managed by Giles […]

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Six months to MLD4; are companies ready?

Six months to MLD4; are companies ready?

As the six month countdown to implement the fourth EU Money Laundering Directive (MLD4) begins, companies need to ensure they are ready for the new requirements, or they risk hefty penalties.  John Marsden, Head of ID and Fraud at Equifax comments: “At least a hundred billion pounds, equivalent to the GDP of Ukraine, is reportedly […]

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Political instability will drive 2017 equity market

Katsunori Kitakura, lead strategist at SuMi TRUST, shares his economic outlook for 2017 and how global political developments will impact Japan’s economy this year. “Political instability will continue to drive global equity markets in 2017,” he comments. “On a global perspective, investors will focus on what Donald Trump administration actually brings to the table as […]

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FCA workplace pensions proposals fail to tick all the transparency boxes

FCA workplace pensions proposals fail to tick all the transparency boxes

Andy Sutherland, managing director of Advisory Services at TCC, commented on the FCA’s proposals on transaction disclosure in workplace pensions, ahead of the deadline to provide responses to the consultation. “The proposed measures will ensure workplace pension providers have a clear methodology to determine value for money. However, they fall short of providing complete transparency […]

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Miton’s David Jane: The US – from principles to pragmatism

Miton’s David Jane: The US – from principles to pragmatism

US trade priorities may now favour developed markets, at the expense of emerging markets such as China. It is too early to predict a re-run of the 1990s Asian crisis, but high levels of US dollar debt and rising interest rates is a concern. The economic environment is one area where the strong continue to […]

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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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