14 October 2010
Alan Lakey says if the industry considers ABI+ as anything more than a marketing term it will only confuse consumers and advisers.
Brian Tora says China has a major trading advantage by keeping control of the renminbi.
Nick Cicutti says he can offer £80m-worth of reasons why advisers would want to see tougher regulation of their industry.
Sheriar Bradbury says the RDR will reinvigorate the IFA sector and suggests qualification standards may have to rise further.
The last thing we need is the widespread opt-out of public sector workers and even fewer people saving for their future.
Peter Le Beau says we need to remember the vulnerability of clients making claims.
Kim North says the FSA should concentrate more on getting financial advice to those that really need it.
Consumer group Save Our Savers gets behind Money Marketing’s Pave The Way to Save campaign.
Hargreaves Lansdown slams Bestinvest over VCT questionnaire.
BSA chief says the rules conflict with the Government’s commitment to sector diversity and the promotion of mutuals.
IFAs have welcomed Lord Hutton’s aim to fundamentally restructure public sector pensions to put them on a more sustainable footing.
Equitable Life policyholders are set to be offered more than three times the amount recommended by Sir John Chadwick.
Ex-Edeus director of packaging Terry Pritchard is understood to be setting up a new national IFA called Alt FS.
James Hay managing director Tim Sargisson claims that a lack of due diligence among smaller Sipp companies risks damaging the Sipp brand.
Regulator spectacularly failed to meet its own service standards for authorisations after revealing it was unable to deal with over three-quarters of cases within its three-month limit.
The Government has frozen trivial commutation at its current level of £18,000, breaking the link with the lifetime allowance.
Ian McKenna says the recent high-profile coverage of BT’s failure to encrypt an email attachment highlights security problems with the method of communication.
SimplyBiz’s Ken Davy and Informed Choice’s Martin Bamford argue the case for and against grandfathering.
New rules would allow more specialist funds into the sector.
Former Rowanmoor Pensions managing director committed suicide after stealing £1.1m from a client’s account, an inquest has heard.
Just Retirement has reported a £900m increase in assets under management in the year to June 30, from £1.9bn to £2.8bn.
Regulatory Legal defends briefing note sent to a number of Keydata Lifemark investors advising them to claim against their adviser before the FSCS.
Deal, tipped by Money Marketing in August, sees Skipton subsidiary become part of LSL.
The mortgage industry urges the FSA to listen to criticism. Paul Thomas reports
Hargreaves Lansdown has warned Crispin Odey that he is “biting the hand that feeds him” by criticising the platform industry.
“Eric has come in to government and hit the ground sprinting, which I can tell you is quite a sight.”
EU advocate-general Juliane Kokott said that insurance companies should not charge different rates for men and women.
Pair agree on what elements of each protection business will be kept under combined brand.
Tom Becket says use of QE is a “dangerous financial experiment”.
Schroders has warned that fraudsters are approaching investors to promote a fake fund using the firm’s name.
Chancellor George Osborne expected to announce an accelerated increase in the retirement age.
Kira Nickerson says that those advisers who continue to prefer domestically based funds could be missing out.
John Greenwood says George Osborne could take Gordon Brown’s crown as a villain.
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An elderly investor says she has been waiting for over two months for Towry to give her back her savings after complaining about its advice.