Aegon sells Ukraine life business, exits market

Aegon sells Ukraine life business, exits market...

Aegon has agreed to sell its Ukrainian life business to local insurance firm TAS Group, a move that will see the Dutch insurer exit the market after less than four years.

Published : 23, Sep 2016
Europe remains the ‘wild west’ for adviser qualifications

Europe remains the ‘wild west’ for adviser qualifications...

Clients receiving poor advice from inadequately qualified financial advisers has made some parts of Europe like working in the ‘wild west’, according to Andrea Speed, head of Spanish IFA firm Speed Financial Solutions.

Published : 22, Sep 2016
France, Germany and Italy fighting EU-wide ban on commission

France, Germany and Italy fighting EU-wide ban...

France, Germany and Italy are fighting against introducing a complete ban on commission in their financial services industries despite pressure from the EU, according to Michael Lodhi, chairman of Luxembourg-based Spectrum IFA Group.

Published : 21, Sep 2016
Isle of Man hits out at ‘political’ EU blacklist of tax havens

Isle of Man hits out at ‘political’ EU blacklist...

Isle of Man chief minister Allan Bell has questioned plans by the European Commission to create a blacklist of non-EU tax regimes, branding the move as more to do with the “internal politics of Brussels” than greater transparency.

Published : 20, Sep 2016
Capital Group brings ‘New World’ EM fund to Europe

Capital Group brings ‘New World’ EM fund to Europe...

Capital Group has announced it will make its emerging markets strategy available to investors outside the US this October via a Luxembourg vehicle.

Published : 20, Sep 2016
Over 20 EU states call for one-year delay to Priips roll out

Over 20 EU states call for one-year delay to Priips...

Twenty-three countries in the European Union have backed a 12-month delay to the introduction of the controversial Priips legislation, following a landmark rejection of its regulatory technical standards (RTS) by the European parliament (EP) last week.

Published : 20, Sep 2016
HMRC rakes in £126m from lifetime allowance penalties

HMRC rakes in £126m from lifetime allowance penalties...

HM Revenue & Customs has reported a significant rise in the number of British savers breaching the lifetime pension allowance (LTA) over the past year, collecting £126m ($163m, €146m) in additional tax revenue between 2015/16, up 38% from £78m the previous year.

Published : 19, Sep 2016
Belgian adviser Dunhill merges with rival Cross Border Planning

Belgian adviser Dunhill merges with rival Cross...

Two of Belgium’s largest advisory firms for US expats Dunhill Financial and Cross Border Planning have announced they will merge.

Published : 19, Sep 2016
Fecif launches EU regulatory database for advisers

Fecif launches EU regulatory database for advisers...

Advisers across Europe will be able to stay ahead of regulatory and legislative changes following the launch of a database and documents library by the European Federation of Financial Intermediaries and Financial Advisers (Fecif).

Published : 19, Sep 2016
Number of European active funds beating benchmarks rose sharply in 2015 -  Lyxor

Number of European active funds beating benchmarks...

Lyxor Asset Management has found that close to half of European domiciled active funds outperformed their benchmarks last year, a big increase on 2014.

Published : 14, Sep 2016
Ailo calls Priips veto a ‘bloody nose’ for the EU

Ailo calls Priips veto a ‘bloody nose’ for the...

The European Commission has finally been given a “bloody nose”, says the head of the trade body for international life offices, Alan Morgan-Moodie, referring to the European parliament’s decision on Wednesday to overwhelmingly reject the standard for implementing the upcoming controversial Priips regulation.

Published : 14, Sep 2016
STM to buy London & Colonial, Rops fee waiver impacts results

STM to buy London & Colonial, Rops fee waiver...

STM Group has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire UK Sipp provider London & Colonial and its subsidiaries for nearly £5.4m ($7.2m, €6.4m).

Published : 13, Sep 2016
Priips is a ‘monster with Hydra-like tendencies’, says Ailo

Priips is a ‘monster with Hydra-like tendencies’,...

A ‘first’ for the EU Parliament ECON Committee took place on 1 September, says Ailo's chief executive Alan Morgan-Moodie in an update on 'what next for Priips?'.

Published : 9, Sep 2016
Rathbones to add UK income fund to Sicav range

Rathbones to add UK income fund to Sicav range...

Rathbone Unit Trust Management said it plans to launch an offshore version of the Rathbone Income Fund for investors based in Continental Europe.

Published : 8, Sep 2016
Schroders joins European financial adviser association Fecif

Schroders joins European financial adviser association...

Schroders has become the latest associate member to join Fecif, the European Federation of Financial Intermediaries and Financial Advisers.

Published : 7, Sep 2016
Liontrust expands European distribution via Allfunds Bank

Liontrust expands European distribution via Allfunds...

Fund management group Liontrust has made six of its global fund (GF) range available on European open architecture mutual fund platform, Allfunds Bank.

Published : 6, Sep 2016
Fund manager profile: Manulife AM's Kathryn Langridge

Fund manager profile: Manulife AM's Kathryn Langridge...

Kathryn Langridge talks about helming Manulife’s push to become the go-to retail asset manager for emerging market investing in Europe.

Hinduja bank reaffirms Swiss commitment, plans investment

Hinduja bank reaffirms Swiss commitment, plans...

Geneva-headquartered Hinduja Bank, part of India’s giant Hinduja Group, said it plans to grow and strengthen its operations in Switzerland.

Published : 5, Sep 2016
ANALYSIS: Italy now the real threat not Brexit

ANALYSIS: Italy now the real threat not Brexit...

The Italian constitutional reform referendum this autumn will, or rather should, cause European investors to hold their breath more anxiously than they did on the morning of 24 June.

Published : 2, Sep 2016
Cayman Islands on Italy’s whitelist, targets European growth

Cayman Islands on Italy’s whitelist, targets European...

The Cayman Islands has been added to Italy’s "good tax governance" whitelist, marking a positive step forward for the islands’ financial services industry in Europe, according to Jude Scott, chief executive of Cayman Finance.

Published : 2, Sep 2016
Isle of Man hits out at ‘political’ EU blacklist of tax havens
Isle of Man hits out...

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France, Germany and Italy fighting EU-wide ban on commission
France, Germany and Italy...

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Guernsey regulator fines Louvre Fund and two directors
Guernsey regulator fines...

Guernsey-based Louvre Fund Services and two of its...

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