13 January 2011
Paul Farrow says that for Nest to prove the doubters wrong it has to garner the interest of the general public.
Rob Reid says the vitriol expressed in some online comments should stop.
The European Commission has reignited old battles by calling for a clampdown on execution-only investment services.
Chris Gilchrist dreams of how financial regulators would oversee car sales.
Nic Cicutti says that RDR should be driven through despite concerns over cost.
Tony Byrne wants to see a reformed regulator with more IFAs on its board.
The regulator’s cost-benefit analysis of the RDR falls short, says Lansons’ Richard Hobbs.
Kevin Duffy puts his cricketing spin on how 2011 will pan out for mortgage brokers.
Alliance Trust Savings is looking to boost the volume of business it takes from IFAs from 10 per cent of total sales to 50 per cent.
Saga director general Ros Altmann is calling for an end to default annuities as part of a wider charter for annuities.
Paradigm Pensions managing partner Steve Bee has called on the Government to consider making employers’ automatic-enrolment contributions compulsory.
The FSA has paid almost £1m to external consultants for work related to the RDR.
The European Commission is looking to tighten up Mifid rules on execution-only services, with one option being to ban execution-only altogether.
The FOS will ask for a levy increase of up to £30m if firms stop paying case fees pending the outcome of the BBA’s judicial review into PPI.
FSA is advising fund firms against using the term “absolute return” when launching new products.
Treasury select committee member Mark Garnier says he has not seen an increase in correspondence from pro-RDR IFAs following his call for supporters to come forward.
Helm is contributing £781,000 to the platform’s cash call.
Partnership Assurance has recruited Nigel Barlow from Just Retirement.
L&G Investments managing director Simon Ellis says the company is looking at adding a UK equity income fund to its investment range.
Simplified pensions phrasebook launched as Nest challenges providers to harmonise communications.
OPM Fund Management is planning to introduce model portfolios to offer advisers an investment outsourcing service.
“You’ll probably look at those photos and think ’God, that John Malone was a handsome chap back in the day’.”
Sales and distribution director of Alliance Trust Savings aims to meet growing need for advice by increasing the company’s share in the intermediary market through its i.nvest platform.
Concerns have been raised after Rockingham Retirement offered to “discuss in detail” a with-profits annuity despite having lost its permissions to advise clients.
Proposed change to legislation allows Government flexibility to accelerate introduction of universal state pension.
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Scottish Widows has criticised the Treasury after becoming the latest provider to confirm it will not be able to offer a flexible drawdown product by April.