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Financial ombudsman could remain barrier to retail investment innovation, says expert

FOCUS: Unless financial regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) reins in the ability of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to challenge sales of financial products based on simplified advice, innovation in that market is unlikely to flourish. ... 16 Oct 2014

Solvency II implementing rules propose less stringent capital requirements for "high quality" securities

European insurers will be able to reduce the amount of capital they hold against "high quality" security holdings including those in long-term low-risk infrastructure investments, according to final implementing Solvency II rules published by the European... 15 Oct 2014

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More clarity on pensions product advice would help savers, says expert

FOCUS: The UK government ensures that everyone making decisions about how to use their pensions is given impartial guidance. But unless product providers are allowed to go one step further and offer advice, the benefits of pension reform may never materialise.... 13 Oct 2014

FCA guidance on the regulation of advice and personal recommendations

FOCUS: Financial regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is consulting on guidance that provides clarity on how different kinds of advice are treated, but companies should be particularly careful when offering advice electronically. 07 Oct 2014

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