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From Your Industry| May 13, 2016

Adviser must repay client for recycling investment advice

Investment strategy lacked diversification and did not reflect the client’s risk rating.

From Your Industry| May 11, 2016

P2P body denies Lending Club scandal will damage industry

Lending Club’s executive chairman says financial impact of the $22m in loan sales was “minor”.

May 05, 2016

P2P providers berate advisers’ aversion to sector

Providers say time allocated to engage advisers has so far been unproductive.

From Regulation| Apr 20, 2016

FCA warning in win against illegal UCIS

Supreme Court ruling opens the way for investor refunds, although regulator admits firm is unlikely to be able to pay.

Savings & Isas| Apr 20, 2016

Treasury admits slow start for Innovative Isa

HM Treasury’s head of business lending is confident existing arrangements can bed in before introduction of crowdfunding in the Autumn

Apr 14, 2016

Octopus launches P2P product

Octopus chief executive says product addresses the scepticism of P2P products among the advice community.

Analysis & Opinion
With profits back to delivering presentable returns

Interview| May 11, 2016

With profits back to delivering presentable returns

After its heyday in the 1960s and 70s, with-profits products fell short of customers’ expectations, but now the industry is trying to rebuild trust.

Beyond bank loans

Apr 27, 2016

Beyond bank loans

As mainstream lending to SMEs plummets, loan funds are stepping in to bridge the gap

Time for alternatives to shine

Apr 22, 2016

Time for alternatives to shine

Lifetime and annual pension limit reductions left investors craving tax-efficient savings with a bitter taste. Craig Rickman asks, are VCTs and...

Strategy which is sure to divide opinion

From Special Report: Absolute Returns - April 2016| Apr 18, 2016

Strategy which is sure to divide opinion

Is shorting too complex a process for investors to understand?

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Special Reports

Absolute Return – April 2016

Market volatility sparks surge in interest in absolute return funds.

Special Reports

Spring Investment Monitor – March 2016

With investors looking for new opportunities, we highlight some of the ‘hidden gems’ of the investment world.

Special Reports

Investing in Technology

Have investors overcome their fear of another technology bubble?

Recent Articles
  1. Cautious investors seek alternative sources of return
    From Special Report: Absolute Returns - April 2016| Apr 18, 2016

    Cautious investors seek alternative sources of return

    Absolute return funds are among the key beneficiaries of the uncertain market environment.

  2. Variables make for tricky comparison
    From Special Report: Absolute Returns - April 2016| Apr 18, 2016

    Variables make for tricky comparison

    The broad range of funds in the IA Targeted Absolute Return sector can make it tricky for advisers.

  3. Absolute Return – April 2016
    From Our Publications| Apr 18, 2016

    Absolute Return – April 2016

    Market volatility sparks surge in interest in absolute return funds.

  4. Investors must rethink how they manage risk
    From Special Report: Sourcing Income - April 2016| Apr 11, 2016

    Investors must rethink how they manage risk

    Outcome-orientated investing: a different approach.

  5. Infrastructure vehicles may provide alternative to equities
    From Special Report: Sourcing Income - April 2016| Apr 11, 2016

    Infrastructure vehicles may provide alternative to equities

    Alternative assets could offer investors less correlated income opportunities.

  6. Impax sees first quarter net inflows of £272m
    Apr 08, 2016

    Impax sees first quarter net inflows of £272m

    The specialist investment manager also reported an increase in AUM.

  7. Apr 06, 2016

    Alternative reality

    Investment trusts offer many of the benefits of investing in alternative assets without the downsides of open-ended vehicles, but demand can vary...

  8. Only 9% of P2P platforms fully regulated
    Savings & Isas| Mar 31, 2016

    Only 9% of P2P platforms fully regulated

    FCA reveals 86 firms still waiting for approval ahead of next week’s Innovation Isa launch

  9. FCA warned about advisers’ ability to meet P2P rules
    Mar 22, 2016

    FCA warned about advisers’ ability to meet P2P rules

    Regulator says if advisers can’t form opinion on the risks, they shouldn’t advise on the products.

  10. Fund Selector: Two absolute return myths
    Mar 16, 2016

    Fund Selector: Two absolute return myths

    Ten years on from the sector’s emergence, risk and return misconceptions still abound.

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