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Equities vs. Bonds – which asset class will be forced to adjust?

Equities vs. Bonds – which asset class will be forced to adjust?

Peter Toogood, CIO of The Adviser Centre and Embark Group, comments: “Central bankers around the world have reminded investors that monetary conditions will not stay loose forever. The prospect of this extraordinary period drawing to a close throws up fundamental economic questions that investors have not had to broach for many years: How will markets […]

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Miton’s Anthony Rayner: Winners and losers

Miton’s Anthony Rayner: Winners and losers

Globalisation and technology has led to a material change in power bases Information overload can hypnotise investors into staring at the detail and missing the bigger picture We’re staying away from the UK and looking to the US, China and India    Anthony Rayner, manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range comments: “It’s common to look […]

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Mortgage sales dip in June

Mortgage sales dip in June

Overall sales down by £200 million 3.2% increase in buy-to-let mortgage sales 10.3% increase in sales in Northern Ireland Mortgage sales for the UK decreased by £200 million in June, down 1.2% on the previous month, according to Equifax Touchstone analysis of the intermediary marketplace. Buy-to-let figures bucked the general trend, rising by 3.2% (£80 […]

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Making Tax Digital: Businesses need to move with the times

Making Tax Digital: Businesses need to move with the times

Androulla Soteri, tax development manager at accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson, comments on the Government’s revised timetable for Making Tax Digital (MTD):  “We welcome the Government’s latest MTD announcements and revised timetable, even though it’s clear that the work involved in Brexit negotiations is likely to be the motivating factor behind it. The profession has […]

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Miton’s David Jane: Crowded trades

Miton’s David Jane: Crowded trades

David Jane, manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range comments: The past few weeks have seen a number of headlines about the growth of ETFs and index investing in general. ETFs, particularly in the US, have come to dominate retail flows, while active funds have been redeeming. At the same time, in terms of equity market […]

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TMI comments on the FCA’s asset management report

Matthew Brown, private client partner, Thomas Miller Investment, comments on the FCA’s asset management report:  “The FCA’s interim report of the retirement market makes interesting reading.  This is not because of the findings that the freedoms are popular or that those with very small funds decide it is not cost effective to take advice; these […]

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Market studies are becoming the regulatory tool of choice, says TCC

Market studies are becoming the regulatory tool of choice, says TCC

Phil Deeks, technical director at TCC, comments: “Competition and clarity appear to be the key areas of focus in the FCA’s Asset Management Market Study. The asset management industry is currently under a great deal of regulatory pressure, with a significant number of forthcoming legislation, including MiFID II, PRIIPs, EMIR and the SM&CR. Compliance with […]

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The FCA final report: active managers shouldn’t fear price transparency

The FCA final report: active managers shouldn’t fear price transparency

Patricia Regnault, Europe head of asset management at Linedata, the leading international software and technology provider, responds to the FCA’s Asset Management Market Study Final Report: “At first glance the requirements for increased transparency on prices look tough for asset managers. But if we take a step back, these proposals should help the buy side […]

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MHA MacIntyre Hudson rated a top employer for school leavers

Accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson has been recognised as one of the UK’s best places to work for people leaving school or college. In a nationwide survey conducted by AllAboutSchoolLeavers, which helps school leavers understand their career options and find a job, MHA MacIntyre Hudson is a top 10 employer in accountancy, and ranks 32 […]

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FCA pension transfer proposal will undoubtedly improve consumer outcomes

FCA pension transfer proposal will undoubtedly improve consumer outcomes

James Marshall, senior regulatory consultant at TCC comments on the FCA’s proposed changes to advice on pension transfers: “The FCA’s proposed requirement, outlined in CP17/16, to provide a personal recommendation in all cases when advising on the transfer and conversion of safeguarded benefits will undoubtedly improve consumer outcomes.  The dislocation by some firms of transfer advice from […]

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