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Middle East | Features 19 Mar 18

Vexed UAE firms act over Insurance Authority rule delays

As the Abu Dhabi headquartered Insurance Authority drags its heals on finalising sector reform, many businesses are anticipating what the incoming regulations will mean for them and pressing ahead with new strategies.

Investment | News 16 Mar 18

Housebuilders suffer after Berkeley production warning

UK housebuilders experienced a sell-off today after Berkeley Group Holdings warned it would not be able to boost production to meet the government’s demand for new homes.

Industry | News 16 Mar 18

The Lang Cat: 90% of platform assets at risk

Approximately 90% of the £519bn ($724bn, €587bn) assets held on adviser platforms are at risk of disruption from a major business change, according to The Lang Cat.

Best Practice | News 16 Mar 18

US to shut $11bn offshore voluntary disclosure programme

The disclosure scheme that allows US taxpayers hiding offshore accounts to come clean and face more lenient penalties will close in September 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced this week.

Companies | 16 Mar 18

SimplyBiz to float next month

IFA adviser SimplyBiz is floating on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (Aim) next month.

Asia | 16 Mar 18

Are regional emerging market funds making a comeback?

Emerging market equities is one of the few asset classes where investors are still seeing value, but as the asset class makes a comeback investors have different takes on whether to allocate to regional funds or leave geographical allocation to portfolio managers.

News 16 Mar 18

OMI keeps distribution deal as Old Mutual exits LatAm

South Africa-headquartered Old Mutual is selling all of its businesses in Latin America to a Singapore-based firm but has confirmed that Old Mutual International will continue its long-standing relationship with regional distributor Aiva.

Asia | 16 Mar 18

Hong Kong regulator targets big guns

In separate moves, Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) this month has gone after UBS, Deutsche Bank and brokerage firm CLSA for regulatory breaches.

Features 16 Mar 18

Brexit threat to Gibraltar may trigger sector exodus to Spain

Brexit poses a significant threat to financial services in Gibraltar but re-domiciling to the Spanish side of the border could spare the sector.

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