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Dividend Monitor

UK dividends soared 14.3% to £28.5bn in the third quarter, according to the latest Dividend Monitor. This was a record payout for the third quarter, and the third-largest quarterly total ever paid.

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CP86 - the end of the SMIC?

As evidenced across the European investment funds industry, improving fund governance is seen as a key pillar underpinning investor protection.

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Exit from the EU – Article 50 triggered

Following the initial introduction of the Brexit Bill to the House of Commons, the Government published a White Paper in February setting out how the UK plans to leave the EU. Now Article 50 has been triggered the two-year Brexit clock will start ticking down with the UK’s exit from the EU to be completed by the end of March 2019.

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Payments industry; the biggest shake-up in a generation

Last year UK dividends reached £80 billion and Capita Asset Services was a major payer of these dividends to equity investors on behalf of our issuer clients. We will be watching with interest as the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) and the Payment Strategy Forum seek to implement proposals which could have major implications for payments systems in the UK.

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CP86 – the next round

In December 2016, the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) published its final guidelines on CP86 - Fund Management Company Effectiveness – Managerial Functions, Operational Issues and Procedural Matters.

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IFRS 16 leases – being held to account

The International Accounting Standards Board issued a new accounting Standard, International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 16 Leases, on 13 January 2016.

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Authorised Contractual Schemes

An Authorised Contractual Scheme (ACS) is a UK authorised, tax transparent fund structure, which provides a flexible alternative to open ended investment companies and authorised unit trusts.

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GDPR – a data privacy “game changer”

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be implemented in May 2018. Our paper outlines developments and what we are doing as data processor (and in some cases, data controller) to ensure the highest standards of operation.

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A chequeless future - 2017 and beyond

Much has been said over recent years about the future of dividend cheques and the delivery mechanisms associated with them, especially given the ever increasing cost of postage.

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