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The disappearance of the Cofunds brand name

January 2018

Aegon is dropping the Cofunds brand name as it moves users onto an upgraded version of the platform. After acquiring Cofunds in August last year, Aegon has been working on integrating the platform with its Aegon Retirement Choices offering, bringing many of Cofunds’ features into ARC. The decision to dispense with the Cofunds branding puts […]

Waspi women should be given £15,000 each, Lib Dems say

January 2018

The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to correct the “injustice” faced by the Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign by giving them £15,000 each. Stephen Lloyd, the Liberal Democrat spokesman for work and pensions says the Government should do so immediately.  Lloyd argues successive administrations have failed to help women who are set to […]

‘Forgotten’ funds to be released by banks/building societies –

January 2018

An estimated £300m in forgotten and unclaimed money is to be released by banks and building societies in order to support disadvantaged people and those trapped in spiral debt. The money will be sourced from unclaimed bank accounts which have no owner or have been left ‘forgotten’. An estimated £2bn is currently sitting in these […]

Risk! – One Size Does Not Fit All. What’s Your Attitude to Risk?

January 2018

When building an Investment portfolio for clients, their Attitude to Risk will always be a central concern.  Asset selection should be determined as much by how much someone is prepared to lose as how much they are looking to gain. With that in mind, Risk targeting should be at the heart of any investment model.  […]

New FCA Chairman

January 2018

Former Slaughter and May lawyer, Charles Randell, who advised Government ministers on the 2008 financial crisis, has been confirmed as the next chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).   Mr Randell, who replaces outgoing chairman John Griffith-Jones, will take up the role on 1 April 2018 and is scheduled to serve a five-year term.

Brexit and Diversification

January 2018

Since the UK electorate’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), the past 17 or so months have been interesting ones, to say the very least, for UK equity investors, and none more so than for those of us focused lower down the market capitalisation scale. But the UK market is a diverse and internationalised […]