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Hargreave Hale add to Worcester team with Raggett appointment

Hargreave Hale has strengthened its Worcester office, with the appointment of Simon Raggett who will join the firm in October. Simon spent the past 22 years at EFG Harris Allday, the Midlands-based investment management and stockbroking group. During this time he served as a practice partner at Harris Allday prior to its sale to EFG, […]

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10 years until we become a ‘cash-less’ society

With the launch of Apple Pay and other new contactless payment methods coming to the market, research conducted by Equifax, in conjunction with Gorkana Surveys, finds that one in four people think that we will become a ‘cash-less’ society within the next 10 years. John Marsden, identity and fraud expert at Equifax, comments on the […]

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Pensions tax relief system has ‘worn-out’. City Noble welcomes radical shake up and move toward building a strong savings culture

Gavin Moffatt, Associate, City Noble, independent pension advisers, comments: “The Government’s review of the tax system will overhaul a worn-out tax relief system, which is past its sell-by date and no longer fit for purpose. The Government is committed to building a strong savings culture and tackling pension tax relief is fundamental to this objective. […]

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UK P&I Club appoints Director of Loss Prevention and Ship Inspections

The UK P&I Club (“The UK Club”), one of the leading shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurers, has appointed Stuart Edmonston as Director of Loss Prevention, following the retirement of Karl Lumbers. Stuart joined UK P&I Club in 2014 as Loss Prevention Deputy Director, having spent eight years at Holman Fenwick and Willan as a […]

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The Adviser Centre: Fund managers remain anxious about an absence of value

We continue to favour the diversified risk strategy funds, such as Standard Life Investments Global Absolute Return Strategies, Invesco Perpetual Global Targeted Returns and Aviva Investors Multi-Strategy Target Return in the context of a challenging backdrop. While buying the dips in equities was a compelling strategy in the first half of the year, we are […]

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European small caps down in June: first negative month in two years

The Euromoney Smaller European Companies Index Series fell by -3.20% in June, its first negative month since June 2013. Its 2015 year-to-date performance has been +17.72%. Technology companies Fingerprint Cards (share price return: +69.6%) of Sweden and French listed Parrot (+44.7%) were the top performing companies in the Index last month. APR Energy plc of […]

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Employers not fully engaged with auto-enrolment, says St. James’s Place

Anyone who employs a nanny or housekeeper are among those who risk being fined £500 a day if they have not enrolled that employee in a pension scheme before a deadline set by the Pensions Regulator, according to Steve Moy, at St. James’s Place: “Government advertising has been effective at letting employees know about the […]

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Consumers value the reassurance of additional security checks: Equifax research

Consumers are happy to answer additional security questions for higher value transactions, according to an online survey commissioned by business insights expert Equifax and conducted by YouGov. 57% of people are happy to answer more security questions when accessing bank accounts for high value transactions (e.g. over £1,000), and 51% when making high value purchases […]

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