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The challenge of balancing risk and return has taken on added importance and when push comes to shove, advisers are favouring the former.

Philip Hammond’s first and last Autumn Statement was light on pension reform. But while there was no hammer blow — or Hammond blow — to the sector, some will be concerned about the cut to the Money Purchase Annual Allowance.

The decision to scrap plans for a secondary annuity market is the latest in a dizzying number of Government U-turns over pension policy that creates the impression we are going around in circles.



If you’re wondering about whether the Australian pension system is going to work and deliver on its promise of a gentle and dignified retirement, then read on…

One of the best proxies for what is happening in the housing market are the figures from Mortgage Broking Giant AFG – which reveal on a quarterly basis the home loan applications moving through the ‘national system’.

If you are at all interested in economics you’ve probably heard of Branko Milanovic, the Serbian/American Academic and writer who like Thomas Piketty focuses his research on global inequality and the way that income is unevenly distributed around the world.


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While the $185 million fine issued to Wells Fargo will not bankrupt the lender, the breakdown in compliance and ethics leaves the company morally bankrupt.

The rise of the gig economy is attracting headlines in the US and beyond. But providing gig workers with the benefits awarded to full-time employees is becoming an increasing concern for policymakers.
June 2016 - Bumbling Along

Optimists have a tendency to hail the notion of boundlessness as well as the absence of limits. Unfortunately in reality, constraints and limits do exist – sometimes this is good and other times less so.

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Advisors expect a choppy ride in 2017 but many anticipate markets will perform favorably.

The introduction of the Retail Distribution Review in December 2012 could be considered a considerable head start for advisers preparing to face Mifid II.

CoreData Research collected the views of financial advisers to get their outlook on the investment landscape in 2017; the impact of Brexit and how this will impact their investment portfolios.

This report looks at the impact of the rule on advisors and how it will shape the future of advising.