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Financial and investment advice

Articles on financial planning and advice, from our leading edge monthly magazine, FS Focus.

HSBC growth in asset management

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HSBC Global Asset Management has grown its funds under management by 13.4% year on year as the largest European bank doubled its pre-tax profit for 2017.

UK firms beef up European operations

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Brexit has spurred UK asset managers to bolster their operations on the continent as concerns build that the industry risks being cut off from European investors.

BlackRock duo set up cryptocurrency hedge fund

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Two leading investors from asset management giant BlackRock have left to set up their own cryptocurrency hedge fund called Prime Factor Capital.

Hidden fund costs revealed by Mifid II

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The new Mifid II trading rules have uncovered the staggering costs involved in investing in popular funds, including those run by Janus Henderson, BlackRock and Vanguard.

FCA probes impact of asset manager failure

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The Financial Conduct Authority has expressed concern that a ‘disorderly failure’ of an investment manager or portfolio could completely disrupt the financial system.

Pension Pressure

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Antony Barker, Santander’s pensions director, explores the impact on banks’ stability and solvency measures posed by their pension risks

Live and let live

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Was it such a bad idea giving retirees the key to the vault on their pensions? Steve Webb argues that most have not rushed out to buy Lamborghinis just yet.

Platforms securing their legacy

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Investment platforms have helped transform retail financial services. Ian Taylor of Transact explains why their future is secure.

FCA reports quarterly drop in pension withdrawals

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The rush to exercise pension freedoms slowed between July and September, according to Customers Retirement income market data report

Smarter insurance

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Customer expectations of insurance are being shaped by their experiences with companies in other sectors. John Sills explains how.

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