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A journalist since 2009, Laura is in her second stint as news editor of Professional Adviser, where she has worked for a number of years. She specialises in uncovering problems in retail finance, and has reported on some of the biggest failures in the investment world, including Keydata, Arch Cru and Harlequin Property.
Aviva has reported a profit after tax of £776m for the first half of this year, turning around a £624m loss for the half year 2012 - but said UK life operating profit fell.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a rallying call to advisers and the wider industry to help it regulate, saying it "can't do it alone".
The board of the Financial Ombudsman Service has appointed Amerdeep Somal as the new independent assessor for the service.
The number of advising staff working in financial advice firms fell 9% last year, according to figures put together for the Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA).