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Viewpoint: Not all financial advice is independent

This means that they either offer a more restricted scope of advice or they recommend products from a restricted number of providers, or both. It is important to note that


Viewpoint: Ethical investing offers compelling returns

An ethical investment is simply an umbrella term for any investment that takes environmental, social and/or governance issues into consideration. However, this definition is open to a range of interpretations.


One week left to settle past tax bills

Launched on 9 July the campaign is aimed at people who received a Self Assessment tax return, or a notice to complete a tax return for any year up to

News , Property

SIPPs to undergo third regulatory review

The regulator said it has ongoing concerns that some firms are still failing to comply with legal standards in areas such as handling of client money, risk controls and due


Equitable Life compensation scheme extended

The scheme had previously been due to close in April 2014. Through the scheme, which the government set up in 2011, policy holders have already received £734m in payments. The Treasury

News , Property

Rocketing non-advised annuity sales alarming

This is one of the most concerning aspects of the growing advice gap that has opened up since the introduction of the Retail Distribution Review – regulation banning commissions among

Alternative Investments , News , Small Caps

Property vs gold in a volatile equity market

But in the event of the unthinkable what can investors turn to? The old adage is investors look for something tangible, whether this is precious metals such as gold or


Advisers warn on threat of rising interest rates

At Q3 last year only 2.6% of advisers highlighted this as a significant concern, compared to 21.5% this year. Despite this optimism in the UK has significantly improved over the


Viewpoint: Europe’s stability threatened by banking authority

The EBA announced that in the forthcoming bank stress tests it would be penalising those banks which continue to rely on the existing long term refinancing operation (LTRO) – the


Grandparents expected to pay university fees

Key Retirement Solutions conducted nationwide research and found just under 3% of grandparents have already helped fund fees but that number is set to rocket to nearly 13% over the