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FTSE 100 pension deficits fall, but no-deal Brexit risks hampering progress

FTSE 100 firms’ pension liabilities are in better shape than a year ago, but for several blue-chip names pensions represent a ‘material risk’ and dividends could be cut.

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City watchdog launches consultation on cryptoassets for retail investors

At a later date the Financial Conduct Authority will also be consulting on the banning of derivatives products based on cryptoassets, with contracts for difference products likely the main target.

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Thousands of investors duped by pension scams

The Insolvency Service has wound up 24 companies involved in pension fraud since 2015, representing 3,750 individuals and £202 million of contributions.

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Economic abusers to be prosecuted under new laws

Individuals who manipulate and control their partner’s money could face prosecution under government plans to widen the statutory definition of domestic abuse.

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How shrinkflation hits your pocket

Shoppers are paying the same for more than 200 items in their baskets, but products have shrunk in size, figures show.

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Fear mounts that ESG funds are in danger of mis-selling investors  

Almost all (97%) of advisers surveyed said they were either ‘very concerned’ or ‘fairly concerned’ about the potential for clients becoming aggrieved that their money is invested in a firm de

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January 2019: what are the best savings account rates?

Average rates are rising across the board for first time in seven years

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Worst year for UK shares since financial crisis, but dividends break new record in 2018

The new record figure, £99.8 billion in 2018, was 5.1% higher in headline terms compared with 2017.

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UK shares could fall by 25% in a no-deal Brexit

The pessimistic stance is a sign of caution for investors that ‘cheap’ UK shares could become even cheaper and remain out of form, depending on the outcome of Brexit.

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Investment trust bargains to take advantage of stockmarket wobble

Investment Trust Bargain Hunter: we run through the ‘cheap’ investment trusts that have been tipped to outperform peers on an 18- to 24-month view.

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Benefit changes could cost UK pensioners thousands a year

The government is to introduce changes to pension age state benefits that will impact older couples of different ages.

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Housing market outlook worst for 20 years as Brexit black cloud looms

Sales are expected to slump in the months leading up to Brexit, according to surveyors.

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