14 April 2011
Peter Le Beau says the adviser community must recognise that it is an essential cog in the sale of protection business.
Kim North raises concerns about the Government’s Money Advice Service.
Nic Cicutti says deep down the banning of commission, not examinations, is the real reason many IFAs are angry about the RDR.
Mortgage intermediaries have an opportunity to raise the bar on standards.
Social Market Foundation calls for kitemarked products rather than the new product intervention regime.
Consumers need to be clear the adviser is on their side and is prepared to stand behind the advice offered.
Investment trusts need to take their message to advisers, says Dennis Hall.
Money Marketing/YouGov monthly 225-IFA benchmark survey.
Aifa interview: Director general Stephen Gay and chairman Lord Deben explain why retaining the status quo is not an option.
The Association of Mortgage Intermediaries is in talks with a number of firms to fund a national advertising campaign to promote the benefits of mortgage advice.
Avelo is to offer a financial planning tool with cashflow planning and risk-profiling functions as part of its Adviser Office suite.
You should take into account the drawbacks of investing in a junior Isa and consider alternatives, says Jason Witcombe.
A law firm has warned the FSA’s plans for product intervention risk making the regulator “a hostage to fortune”.
Avelo’s managing director was responsible for rebranding the technology provider and although this was met with mixed reactions from the industry he is adamant the company is already delivering better solutions.
Former Park Row advisers still waiting to gain reauthorisation are being summoned by the regulator to attend interviews.
Scheme is pursuing a number of firms for recoveries over Keydata claims to recoup more of the compensation it has paid out.
New Isa contributions on Hargreaves Lansdown’s Vantage fund platform jumped 34 per cent in the year to April 5, 2011, compared with the previous year.
The Institute of Financial Planning warns local HMRC inspectors sometimes interpret the rules differently.
The Independent Commission on Banking rejects suggestions that it has “bottled it” and failed to go far enough in reforming the sector.
Labour Shadow Treasury financial secretary Chris Leslie warns Sir John Vickers’ proposals for banking reform may not prevent future taxpayer-funded bailouts.
Abolition of life assurance premium relief could lead to higher premiums or reduced coverage for around 1.5 million policyholders.
Mortgage Brain chief executive Mark Lofthouse says the firm is considering other acquisitions following the collapse of its planned merger with rival TrigoldCrystal.
Treasury financial secretary Mark Hoban will be grilled by MPs about the Government’s work on increasing diversity in financial services.
The Association of Financial Mutuals believes the Financial Ombudsman Service is rushing through some cases without proper consideration.
“I think we’re going to be left with an angry, disturbed Cod.”
A far more radical restructure of financial services regulation is needed to ensure the mistakes of the recent past are not repeated, says Adam Smith Institute director Dr Eamonn Butler.
Pensions minister explains his thinking on the proposed longevity link and says society’s views on retirement must change.
Consumers will not end up paying the brunt of the costs of banking sector reform, according to the Independent Commission on Banking.