10 March 2011
Kira Nickerson says there are now questions over which type of retail hedge fund product offers investors the best value.
Peter Hamilton says the examples of Northern Rock and HBOS suggest the FSA was not allocating resources appropriately or proportionately.
Nic Cicutti says the regulator must make very clear to consumers the difference between advised and non-advised sales.
Stephen Greenstreet says early access to pension schemes could help rejuvenate interest.
Rob Reid says without this facility transition will be a “one night wonder”.
IFP chief executive Nick Cann says there should be more explicit cost in the support provided to advisers.
Although there are question marks over some VCT models, the Chancellor must be careful he does not stymie a vital means of development for many businesses.
Paul Farrow says if Santander cannot work out when a guarantee is a guarantee then mainstream investors have no chance.
Martin Bamford looks at some of the regulatory dilemmas facing networks.
Hargreaves Lansdown is promoted to the FTSE 100 less than four years after flotation.
Schroders has reported annual pre-tax profits of £406.9m for 2010.
M&G added an inflation-linked credit offering to its bond range last year, with manager Jim Leaviss acknowledging concerns about rising prices.
The Association of British Insurers has hit out at suggestions it did not do enough to influence the European Court of Justice’s ruling on the use of gender in pricing products.
Lifesearch managing director Tom Baigrie has called on the Treasury and the ABI to fight against the European Court of Justice’s ruling to ban the use of gender in pricing products.
Jupiter multi-manager head John Chatfeild-Roberts believes the majority of stochastic modelling tools used by IFAs will be useless if the UK remains in an inflationary environment for the next few years.
The FSA is to share Criminal Records Bureau checks with the Regulatory Decisions Committee at an earlier stage under a new protocol being drafted by the regulator.
Neil Jones, technical project manager at Canada Life, details how a well planned exit strategy can cut liability to tax on an investment
Protection experts are hopeful that the new ABI director general will move protection up the agenda.
Resolution is looking to introduce a direct simplified term insurance product through Friends Life.
Leading UK equity income managers Bill Mott and Tony Nutt have warned investing in UK index trackers carries significant risks at present with their heavy exposure to the natural resources sector.
Treasury select committee member Mark Garnier has called for Parliamentary oversight to be built into the Financial Conduct Authority.
The RDR will cause the IFA sector to lose over 75 per cent of its current client bank, according to former IFA Association director-general Garry Heath.
Hornbuckle Mitchell director Mary Stewart admits the firm could be forced to pass on its £375,000 Financial Services Compensation Scheme interim levy to customers.
Numerous casualties feared after a tsunami and earthquake in Japan which measured 8.9 on the Richter scale.
Retirement Plus is considering a return to the equity-release market while Hodge Lifetime is looking to boost lending and New Life Mortgages is to enter the home-reversion sector.
DWP and Treasury in discussions over £100 universal benefit with additional £40 based on number of years someone has contracted out.
Tax Efficient Review editor Martin Churchill slams Office of Tax Simplification’s plans to align time limits and conditions for VCTs and EIS.
AFM chief executive Martin Shaw says the bodies should share a common board member and lines of reporting.
Incoming Aegon UK chief executive Adrian Grace has taken a swipe at rivals for going behind advisers’ backs when operating direct channels.
Japanese shares have fallen by over 6 per cent on the first full trading day since the earthquake and tsunami hit the country.
George Osborne has rejected calls from MPs to scrap the 50p top tax rate in the Budget.
Government urged to integrate tax regimes to reduce complexity for small businesses.
“I can’t make myself sexy, so I try to make the industry sexy.”
Standard Life Investments reports strong pre-tax profits on the back of GARS success.
Investment manager backs Chancellor George Osborne’s re-examination of tax incentives granted to venture capital trusts.