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15 July 2009

Money Marketing

  • Website Comments

    16 July 2009

    On the FSA hitting out against the protection industry's reaction to suggestions there could be some form of RDR read-across

  • 1st - The Exchange launches annuity service for mobile phones

    17 July 2009

    1st - The Exchange has launched a service enabling IFAs to access annuity quotes on their mobile phones.

  • 80% bailed out US banks lending more

    20 July 2009

    More than 80 per cent of US banks that have been given government aid say it has led to increased lending.

  • A good bundle or a bad switch?

    17 July 2009

    This week Abbey for Intermediaries began trials of its 'switcher' scheme whereby advisers can secure a preferential mortgage rate by signing up their clients to an Abbey current account.

  • ABI says Tory plans must not treat insurers like banks

    21 July 2009

    The Association of British Insurers has warned that insurance must not be treated like banking under Conservative proposals to reform financial regulation.

  • Adviser Fund Index: Advisers are baffled as retail investors move into property

    16 July 2009

    The Investment Management Association's latest sales by asset class breakdown adds to hopes that the property sector is bottoming out. Yet Adviser Fund Index panellists are sceptical and surprised by the figures, confused even.

  • Advisers hit back at regulator's stance

    16 July 2009

    Advisers are outraged by FSA suggestions that the protection industry is complacent about the possible risks to consumers from protection misselling.

  • Advisers start up Qrops firm

    16 July 2009

    Three advisers from overseas pension transfer specialist Montfort International have left the company to launch a new firm offering advice on Qrops.

  • Advisers urged to take care on Ucits III

    16 July 2009

    Collins Stewart's multi-manager team has warned advisers they should not invest in Ucits III funds just because they are an extension of long-only portfolios.

  • Aegon wants basic and simple merger

    16 July 2009

    Aegon is calling for the proposed basic advice and simplified advice streams to be merged.

  • Aifa aids firms on RDR transition

    16 July 2009

    The Association of Independent Financial Advisers has launched the first phase of its business transition programme.

  • Aifa tells Tories access to advice is crucial

    21 July 2009

    The Association of Independent Financial Advisers has warned that the Government and regulator must increase consumer access to trusted sources of advice, following yesterday’s Tory white paper.

  • Aifa wants Limitation Act to apply

    16 July 2009

    IFAs advising clients on transactions without ongoing charges should have significantly reduced potential liabilities, says Aifa.

  • AIG Life UK to rebrand under Alico

    17 July 2009

    AIG Life UK is to fall under the Alico umbrella as branches worldwide consolidate under one brand.

  • Allianz UK chairman joins ABI board

    16 July 2009

    Allianz UK chairman Clement B Booth has been appointed to the board of the Association of British Insurers.

  • All-round game

    16 July 2009

    It is finally summer and we have actually had some good weather too. Who would have thought that Wimbledon's equivalent of a giant umbrella, constructed with the sole purpose of protecting its centre court from the elements, would have been used so little? Or that it would be so hot that the weather would come with its own health warning?

  • Alternative medicine

    16 July 2009

    The Investment Management Association is the latest group to shoot down the European Commission's proposals for regulation of the alternatives' industry.

  • Amex casts cloud over company pensions

    16 July 2009

    Industry experts have warned that American Express' shock decision to suspend contributions into its UK stakeholder pension scheme for up to 18 months may see other firms follow suit.

  • Amex suspends stakeholder payments

    16 July 2009

    American Express has taken the unusual step of suspending company contributions to its UK stakeholder pension plan for up to 18 months.

  • Amex suspends stakeholder payments

    15 July 2009

    American Express has taken the unusual step of suspending company contributions to its UK stakeholder pension plan for up to 18 months.

  • Assureweb signs deal with FreeBen

    17 July 2009

    Assureweb has made equity release compliance product FreeBen available to its users at a discounted price.

  • Aviva cuts with-profit bonus rates

    17 July 2009

  • Aviva errors over inherited estate payouts

    21 July 2009

    Aviva has been forced to send out letters to 9,000 with-profits policyholders admitting that it miscalculated the amount owed to them in the redistribution of its inherited estate.

  • Aviva to cut WP bonuses again

    16 July 2009

    Aviva is expected to cut its with-profits bonuses again this week with new bonus rate figures on Friday.

  • Axa helps IFAs on poor persistency

    16 July 2009

    Axa is targeting advisers with poor persistency levels with a new scheme.

  • Axa hits out at Amex suspension to pension contributions

    17 July 2009

    Axa has hit out at American Express’ decision to suspend pension contributions into its UK stakeholder scheme, warning the move will be more detrimental to the personal wealth of its employees than other measures.

  • Bank business lending continues to fall

    21 July 2009

    Banks are failing to lend more to UK businesses as figures fell by almost 50 per cent on 2008's lending statistics.

  • Banks must submit remuneration policies by October, says Sants

    20 July 2009

    FSA chief executive Hector Sants has written to banks and large financial institutions advising them to submit a remuneration policy statement by the end of October.

  • Barclays staff may strike over final salary row

    17 July 2009

    Barclays staff may strike against their employer in September after the bank decided to close its final salary pension scheme.

  • Barclays Wealth - Regular Income Bond - July 2009 Edition

    17 July 2009

  • Base line rally

    16 July 2009

    There is a new conundrum developing for the market to solve. With the Bank of England holding bank rate at 0.5 per cent for the fourth consecutive month, the noon announcement seems to be losing its appeal to the nation since the excitement of the turn of the year and even Robert Peston has moved on to pastures new.

  • Basics instinct

    16 July 2009

    I was never one of those children who had a very definite idea of a career path. Other than a fleeting moment of wanting to be a ballerina and a member of Abba, my career choices as a child were not obvious.

  • BDO Stoy Hayward axes 10% of partners

    21 July 2009

    BDO Stoy Hayward has made 10 per cent of its partners redundant.

  • Big firms face tough checks

    16 July 2009

    Chancellor Alistair Darling plans to impose enhanced prudential regulation and stronger capital requirements on large and complex financial organisations.

  • Biggest buyout deal

    16 July 2009

    Rothesay Life has completed a £1.9bn deal for the insurance of pension liabilities of the UK schemes of RSA Insurance Group. It claims it is the biggest-ever pension buyout.

  • Black marks for lending White Paper

    16 July 2009

    The Government has come under fire for not doing enough in the banking White Paper to address the problems facing the mortgage market.

  • Boost for Cayman range

    16 July 2009

    RWC Partners expects more interest in its Cayman Islands hedge fund range now that it has applied for distributor status on all sterling share classes.

  • Boulger tends towards trackers

    15 July 2009

    Advisers should be recommending more trackers as fixed rates become too expensive, says John Charcol senior technical manager Ray Boulger.

  • Bradbury Hamilton acquires Caversham Buchanan

    15 July 2009

    Bradbury Hamilton is planning an acquisition spree following the purchase of Caversham Buchanan’s 10,000 strong client book.

  • Brewin Dolphin opens two offices

    17 July 2009

    Brewin Dolphin, the independent private client investment manager is opening two news offices.

  • British public sector debt swells

    21 July 2009

  • Brown Shipley revamps Solus funds

    16 July 2009

    Investment manager Brown Shipley is changing the mandate of its £18m multi-manager balanced fund to an income fund.

  • Brown Shipley to drop Solus tag and alter fund range

    16 July 2009

    Brown Shipley is ditching the ‘Solus’ tag on its £200m fund range in a rebrand the group hopes will raise the profile of the company.

  • Cable calls for Lloyds and RBS to be broken up

    20 July 2009

    Liberal Democrats shadow chancellor Vince Cable has called for the break up of both Lloyds Banking Group and RBS.

  • Carby quit Openwork

    16 July 2009

    Former Openwork chief executive Keith Carby has revealed that a disagreement between himself and Zurich about the future of the business led to him leaving the firm.

  • Castle builds on hedge fund growth in Asia

    20 July 2009

    Growth in the number of Asian hedge funds in recent years has enabled London-listed fund of Asian hedge funds Castle Asia Alternative to build a multi-strategy portfolio which has held up well since launch in 2005.

  • China's foreign currency reserve passes $2 trillion

    16 July 2009

  • Chinese economy records 7.9% growth

    16 July 2009

  • CII tightening up criteria for charter status

    16 July 2009

    The Chartered Insurance Institute has tightened its criteria for firms that want to achieve corporate chartered status.

  • Cofunds sees net positive flows into property in Q2

    15 July 2009

    Cofunds saw net positive flows into property in the second quarter of this year as investors tentatively dip a toe back in the sector.

  • Comic relief

    16 July 2009

    It was just three short years ago that the A-Day reforms were introduced. That they were introduced amid the confusion of U-turns and even U-turns on U-turns was unfortunate and highly confusing but the end result was probably worthwhile.

  • Complaint data must be revealed

    16 July 2009

    The FSA is to force firms to publish their own complaint data every six months where 500 or more complaints have been received during the period.

  • Complaints to Pensions Ombudsman remain stable

    20 July 2009

    The Pensions Ombudsman says it received 742 new cases needing investigation during the year to March 31, 2009, which shows no significant increase on previous years.

  • Confessions of a not so wicked salesman

    16 July 2009

    I hold my hands up, I am a wicked salesman. I confess to selling a £181,000 Norwich Union mortgage protection insurance policy and a Holloway income protection insurance plan to a couple in the next village a couple of years ago. The husband has just had a terminal-illness payment for stomach cancer, which has cleared his mortgage and the Holloway policy will carry on paying until his eventual demise but hey, aren't us salesmen awful?

  • Consumer brands critical post-financial crisis, says Axa’s Mariée

    16 July 2009

    Axa UK group marketing director Olivier Mariée says consumer brands are critical to rebuilding trust in the financial services industry.

  • Consumer Panel calls for 100% deposit protection

    16 July 2009

    The Financial Services Consumer Panel has called for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme to offer a 100 per cent guarantee on all deposits.

  • Continental climate

    16 July 2009

    European equity boutique 2CG was set up by Charles Glasse and Chris Garsten in 2000, with their identical initials presenting a simple and memorable company brand. They initially shared an office with wealth manager Laing & Cruikshank, which was subsequently bought out by UBS, serving as its European expertise.

  • Convertible bonds boost F&C trust

    21 July 2009

  • Convertible issuance set to grow in investment trust space, says Ecofin

    15 July 2009

    Convertible issuances are likely to gain momentum as investment trusts look for more innovative ways of fundraising, according to privately owned investment manager Ecofin.

  • Co-operative Asset Management hires bond manager

    16 July 2009

    Daniel Fox has left his post at Insight Investments to run a Corporate Bond fund at Co-operative Asset Management.

  • Council will aim to fight threats to stability

    16 July 2009

    A Council for Financial Stability bringing together the FSA, Bank of England and Treasury will be set up to monitor financial stability and respond to long-term risks as they emerge.

  • Credit Suisse Asset Management plans Irish ETFs

    15 July 2009

  • Cummings raises point of bank factoring

    16 July 2009

    Aifa director general Chris Cummings questions whether banks that own product providers will be allowed to provide factoring facilities to advisers under the retail distribution review.

  • Db x-trackers lists first hedge fund ETF on LSE

    20 July 2009

  • 'Defaulting BTL landlords are getting 60 calls a day'

    16 July 2009

    Exact Mortgages has hit out at rival servicing firms it claims are harassing defaulting buy-to-let landlords with up to 60 phone calls a day.

  • Delay over Keydata payments

    16 July 2009

    Clients with Keydata plans are continuing to suffer delays getting income payments despite recent reassurances from administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers that payments are being processed.

  • Dennis Hall

    16 July 2009

  • Discounts lift SVM fund

    16 July 2009

    SVM Asset Management's balanced management fund is benefiting from the narrowing of discounts in the investment trust market, particularly in the property and private equity sectors.

  • Educate advisers to boost awareness

    16 July 2009

    An industry education programme is needed to increase adviser knowledge of ETF products.

  • Eq Life victims high court challenge starts today

    21 July 2009

    The Equitable Life Members Action Group's legal challenge to the Government is due to start at the Royal Courts of Justice today.

  • Equity release business there for those looking for it

    20 July 2009

    Those advising on equity release are facing a challenging paradox at the moment.

  • ETFs pose threat to opaque funds

    16 July 2009

    Advisers say the rise of ETFs will be a major threat to underperforming opaque funds run by life companies and high-charging tracker funds.

  • Exact launches intelligent mortgage servicing

    20 July 2009

    Exact Mortgages has launched its online Intelligent Mortgage Servicing platform today.

  • Exclusive rights

    16 July 2009

    The industry had its latest insight into the FSA's thinking last week, with director of small firms Lesley Titcomb presenting at the Council of Mortgage Lenders' annual Regulating Mortgages conference.

  • Ex-Fidelity regulatory head Gareth Adams appointed FSA adviser

    17 July 2009

    The FSA has today announced the appointment of Gareth Adams as a senior advisor on the asset management sector.

  • Eyes on the prize

    16 July 2009

    Where were you on June 25 when the FSA launched its consultation paper on financial services retail distribution?

  • Fad fears over too much choice

    16 July 2009

    Too much choice in the ETF market could be dangerous and lead to fad investing.

  • Fidelity takes long-term view on Europe

    17 July 2009

    Fidelity International has added a retail share class called Europe long term growth to its institutional Europe ex UK fund which was launched in 1996.

  • Fortis CEO Barry Smith elected CII president

    15 July 2009

    Fortis UK chief executive Barry Smith has today taken over as Chartered Insurance Institute president from Friends Provident chief Trevor Matthews at the AGM in London.

  • Four Japan funds among the top 10 performers

    16 July 2009

  • Fox quits Insight to run Co-op bond fund

    16 July 2009

    Co-operative Asset Management has recruited former Insight Investment fund manager Daniel Fox to manage its £301m corporate bond income trust.

  • FPI launches offshore group protection policy

    21 July 2009

    Friends Provident International has launched the Optus Group Protection policy in the Middle East today.

  • Fresh out of shame

    16 July 2009

    The principle of leaning against the cycle is easy to agree. For some reason, this sentence, taken from Alastair Darling's statement to the House of Commons on reforming financial markets, worries me - and I don't think it is just because it appears that the Chancellor is borrowing soundbites from fortune cookies or possibly cryptic crossword clues in The Times.

  • Friends Provident rejects second Resolution offer

    20 July 2009

    Friends Provident has rejected a second offer from Resolution, claiming the proposals are "flawed in a number of significant ways".

  • FSA bans insurance broker and winds up firm

    15 July 2009

    The FSA has banned insurance broker Ambrose Darby director Graham Darby for failings relating to the handling of client money.

  • FSA fines and bans directors for mismanaging investment scheme

    21 July 2009

    The FSA has banned and fined the directors of a Yorkshire-based adviser firm for running an investment scheme which put 53 customers at risk of losing nearly £10m.

  • FSA says consumers may have too much choice

    15 July 2009

    Too much investment choice can lead to consumer confusion and prevent consumers from acting for fear of making a bad decision, according to FSA chairman Lord Turner.

  • FSA slammed over exam alternatives

    16 July 2009

  • FTSE up on Friends talk

    20 July 2009

    The FTSE 100 opened at 4,389 this morning and lifted higher in early trades boosted by takeover talk.

  • Fund firms call for charging rethink in RDR

    16 July 2009

    Leading fund companies have called on the FSA to rethink retail distribution review proposals on adviser-charging, warning that plans for multiple share classes would create an administrative nightmare.

  • Get ready, Eddie

    16 July 2009

    From 2010/11, the basic personal allowance will be subject to an income limit of £100,000. Where an individual's "adjusted net income" is below or equal to the £100,000 limit, they will continue to be entitled to the full amount of the basic personal allowance.

  • GLG set for absolute sector push

    16 July 2009

    GLG is looking to launch more funds in the absolute return sector in the coming months.

  • Gold forecast to soar over $1000 mark

    16 July 2009

    Julius Baers currency-hedged physical gold fund manager Stephan Mueller says gold prices could easily hit $1,000 an ounce by the end of this year.

  • Govt red tape biggest issue for IFAs, says Assureweb

    15 July 2009

    Government red tape is a bigger concern than the recession for IFAs, research from Assureweb has found.

  • Hansard International - Portfolio Bond

    17 July 2009

    Hansard InternationalPortfolio Bond

  • Help with legal issues

    16 July 2009

    The article headlined, Drop in the ocean for repo help (Money Marketing, July 2), was very informative but could I reassure readers in need of legal advice on housing issues that there is help at hand. In fact, last year, over 170,000 people got legal aid to help them resolve their housing problems.

  • Henderson expects profits to be slashed in half

    16 July 2009

    Henderson Group has warned that it expects profits to halve for the first half of 2009.

  • HMRC to seek out tax dodging landlords

    15 July 2009

    The Government has put forward proposals that may allow HM Revenue & Customs to demand the details of all landlords on letting agents’ books in an attempt to curb tax evasion.

  • Iceland to capitalise three banks

    20 July 2009

    Iceland is to capitalise three of the banks it rescued last year in a move to bolster its banking system, according to reports.

  • IFAs see online Sipps as alternative to personal pensions

    17 July 2009

    Research carried out by AJ Bell has found 99 per cent of advisers view online Sipps as an alternative to personal pensions.

  • IMA wants investment trusts excluded from EU fund rules

    16 July 2009

    The Investment Management Association has called for the exclusion of closed-ended investment companies from the new fund manager regulations proposed by the European Commission.

  • IMF upgrades Japan forecast

    17 July 2009

  • IMF warns UK against pushing its luck

    17 July 2009

    The International Monetary Fund has warned the UK Government not to test the markets as it sinks deeper into debt.

  • Industry rift over minimum exam levels

    16 July 2009

    Panellists at the Personal Finance Society retail distribution review conference were divided over what minimum qualifications should be mandatory for different advice channels.

  • Industry to pick up the bill for consumer education and money guidance

    16 July 2009

    An independent consumer education and information body could be set up, funded by FSA-regulated firms.

  • Intermediary mortgage market share unchanged in 2009

    16 July 2009

    Intermediaries retained approximately the same market share in the second half of 2009 as they did in 2008.

  • Investec Structured Products - FTSE 100 Geared Returns Plan 10

    17 July 2009

    Investec Structured ProductsFTSE 100 Geared Returns Plan 10

  • Investec Structured Products - Guaranteed 3 Year FTSE 100 Plan 10

    17 July 2009

    Investec Structured ProductsGuaranteed 3 Year FTSE 100 Plan 10

  • Investors hit as £80m ‘Ponzi scheme’ is uncovered

    20 July 2009

    Up to 600 investors have been tricked into what the City of London Police believe is one of the biggest Ponzi schemes ever found in Britain.

  • It will never happen to me

    21 July 2009

    Research by Scottish Provident has highlighted once again the need to end the 'it won’t happen to me' culture gripping the UK when it comes to their protection needs.

  • Iveagh/Berkeley Burke - Iveagh Private Pension

    17 July 2009

    Iveagh/Berkeley BurkeIveagh Private Pension

  • Jail for fraudsters

    16 July 2009

    Two people have been sentenced to over eight years in prison for a £508,000 mortgage scam in West Yorkshire with two fraudulent mortgage agreements with Woolwich and Yorkshire Bank.

  • Japanese prime minister dissolves lower house

    21 July 2009

  • Japanese trade flows nosedive in first quarter

    17 July 2009

  • Julius Baer adds to distribution team

    21 July 2009

    Julius Baer has announced the appointment of Marion Williams to its asset management distribution team.

  • Jupiter selects Japan

    17 July 2009

    Jupiter Asset Management has added the Japan select fund to its Luxemburg Sicav.

  • Keydata founder Ford lent millions to Elias company

    16 July 2009

    Keydata founder Stewart Ford personally loaned millions of pounds to a firm run by David Elias, the man at the heart of the investigation into Keydata funds which may have been misappropriated, months before the firm became insolvent.

  • Keydata SLS/Lifemark plan redemptions may face indefinite suspension

    17 July 2009

    Redemptions of Keydata products invested in SLS Capital or Lifemark may be suspended indefinitely, according to administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers.

  • Kuhn quits Neptune's India fund

    16 July 2009

    Neptune India and Asia Pacific opportunities fund manager Shelley Kuhn is leaving the firm and management of the funds is passing to Ewan Thompson.

  • Lack of high LTVs could kill the market, says Sesame

    16 July 2009

  • Legg Mason launches Global Blue Chip fund

    16 July 2009

  • Level pegging

    16 July 2009

    No other aspect of the RDR has been provoking as much debate in the industry as the proposals to increase the minimum level of qualification by the end of 2012. Many advisers are already taking action to respond to the challenge but our research shows that nearly one-third of advisers say that qualifications are their primary RDR concern.

  • LGIM appoints Finch as head

    15 July 2009

    Legal & General Investment Management has appointed James Finch as head of financial institutions.

  • Libor drops below 1%

    15 July 2009

  • Lloyds completes intermediary review

    16 July 2009

    Lloyds Banking Group has appointed Peter Curran as head of intermediaries for the group. It has completed a restructure of its intermediary proposition, with Phil Rickards as head of BM Solutions, Kevin Purvey as head of both Cheltenham & Gloucester and Scottish Widows and Ian Wilson heading Halifax for Intermediaries.

  • Lloyds sheds more than 1,000 jobs

    16 July 2009

    Lloyds Banking Group is set to cut more than 1000 jobs partly due to the merger of Clerical Medical into Scottish Widows.

  • Low points

    16 July 2009

    Interest rates have been the centre of many investment discussions in the past year. With the Bank of England deciding to hold interest rates at their historically low level of 0.5 per cent, it appears that this topic is not likely to go away any time soon.

  • Manager focus: Ian Henderson

    17 July 2009

  • Manx govt funding to speed up compensation for KSF IoM depositors

    16 July 2009

    The Isle of Man parliament has approved a £193m government funding package which will accelerate full repayment for more than three-quarters of depositors with Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander IoM.

  • Margin maker

    16 July 2009

    The financial services industry has broadly welcomed the proposals in CP09/18, the majority of which can be a huge benefit to the industry.

  • Merricks cautious over RDR effect on complaints

    16 July 2009

    Outgoing Financial Ombudsman Service chief ombudsman Walter Merricks has warned his successor not to assume that complaint numbers will fall as a result of the retail distribution review.

  • Meteor Asset Management - International Income Plan

    17 July 2009

    Meteor Asset ManagementInternational Income Plan

  • Mismatch of the day

    16 July 2009

    I once had a client for whom the optimum portfolio was a single share - either he held it or he didn't. In a similar vein, the riskiest position he ever took, in his view, was holding only cash. In such circumstances, it meant he was bereft of positive ideas and was invested in an asset class bound to be eroded by inflation.

  • MM leader: FSA runs the risk of being overprotective

    16 July 2009

  • Model army

    16 July 2009

    Recent comment has suggested that the life insurance industry's business model is broken. Apparently, nothing short of closing to new business can save it.

  • Morgan Stanley - FTSE Gilt-Backed Best Entry Growth Plan

    17 July 2009

    Morgan StanleyFTSE Gilt-Backed Best Entry Growth Plan

  • Mortgage lending up 17% in June

    20 July 2009

    UK gross mortgage lending was up by 17 per cent in June 2009, but was still down by almost a half on 2008 figures.

  • Mott to advise Premier after Suisse fund buys

    16 July 2009

    Advisers have questioned the treatment of unitholders following the sale of 10 Credit Suisse funds by Aberdeen to Premier Asset Management.

  • MPs say housing help isn't enough

    16 July 2009

    MPs have attacked the Government for failing to do enough to help the housing and mortgage markets. The communities and local government committee found measures to stimulate housebuilding and market activity, such as the asset-backed security guarantee scheme, were not working.

  • Multiple share classes - whack-a-mole regulation?

    20 July 2009

  • National healthcare service could boost IFA business

    16 July 2009

    The Government's proposals for a national service to fund long-term elderly healthcare could be a great opportunity for IFAs.

  • Natural selection

    16 July 2009

    The recent release of worse than expected first-quarter1 GDP data vindicates our cautious views on the economy - we expect UK GDP to contract by 3.5 per cent this year. Significant further deleveraging is required on the part of consumers and businesses.

  • Negative reaction to a positive move

    16 July 2009

    Maybe it is because I am a journalist myself but one of the vaguely intriguing sidebars to the current financial crisis has been the way my fellow scribes have responded to the topic of borrowing and debt.

  • Negatively charged

    16 July 2009

    The Lautro 19 case has focused my mind on the inadequacies of the quotation system. I consider illustrations to be a hindrance to writing business because of over-emphasis on charges and lack of focus on performance.

  • Neptune India manager Shelley Kuhn to leave firm

    15 July 2009

    Neptune India and Asia Pacific opportunities fund manager Shelley Kuhn is leaving the firm with management of the funds passing to Ewan Thompson.

  • NHFA urges Govt to think carefully on LTC proposals

    15 July 2009

    The NHFA is urging the Government to think carefully about its proposals for long-term care for the elderly.

  • OBSR withdraws Aviva Higher Income Plus rating

    17 July 2009

  • Pada costs soar to £30m

    20 July 2009

    The Personal Accounts Delivery Authority has revealed costs of more than £30m for 2009.

  • Paragon launches landlord insurance arm

    20 July 2009

    Paragon Group has launched a residential landlord insurance division, Redbrick Landlords Insurance.

  • Pension transfers cost consumers up to £1,400, says Virgin

    17 July 2009

    Pension savers risk losing at least £1,400 during transfers when they buy an annuity despite industry initiatives to speed up the process, according to warnings from Virgin Money.

  • People on the move: Investment

    16 July 2009

    Armstrong Investment Managers has hired Simon Ellis as a consultant to drive its business strategy. As well as heading up the review of the Financial Services Skills Council's restructure, Ellis began work on business development at the newly formed multi-asset investment house at the start of June.

  • People on the move: Life and pensions

    16 July 2009

    Nick Prettejohn will step down from his position as chief executive of Prudential UKand Europe in September.

  • People on the move: Mortgages

    16 July 2009

    HML has appointed Martin Frazer as director of client relations. Frazer joined HML in March following the merger of Skipton and Scarborough building societies. He was group commercial director of Scarborough as well as managing director of SMS, Scarborough's third-party mortgage admin subsidiary.

  • PFS is searching for charter champions

    16 July 2009

    The Personal Finance Society is looking to appoint "chartered champions" in regional areas to represent the professional body and act as hosts at chartered financial planner events in local communities.

  • Pictet launches large-cap American fund

    21 July 2009

    Pictet Funds has launched an American large-cap vehicle for retail investors.

  • Platform group setting standard to drive re-reg

    16 July 2009

    Members of the UK Platform Group have signed up to a common messaging standard to drive forward platform-to-platform re-registration.

  • PosSol expands level 4 training

    16 July 2009

    Positive Solutions is set to roll out its apprenticeship scheme across the country and is in talks with universities about developing a follow-up programme to bring candidates up to QCF level four.

  • Prime motivation

    16 July 2009

    As many mortgage advisers have already left or are thinking of leaving the mortgage market due to the credit crunch, we are bucking the trend with our current recruitment campaign and are looking nationwide for more mortgage advisers to join us.

  • Property funds face Euro hit

    16 July 2009

    European Commission proposals for the regulation of the alternative investment fund managers could hit property funds.

  • Pru appointed joint AVC provider for West Yorkshire pension fund

    21 July 2009

    Prudential has been appointed as joint AVC provider for the West Yorkshire Pension Fund.

  • Public have a higher opinion of advisers

    16 July 2009

    Consumers have a higher opinion of their IFA's performance in the last 12 months than advisers have of themselves, according to Opinium Research.

  • Put to the test

    16 July 2009

    Almost without exception, every part of the financial services landscape that we thought was stable has been turned upside down and shaken about over the past year or so. This uncertainty obviously encompasses the stockmarkets although even distribution is suffering upheaval.

  • Raise the red flag issues

    16 July 2009

    In 1865, Britain introduced the Locomotives on Highways Act, better known as the Red Flag Act. Among other things, the act stipulated that all mechanically powered road vehicles must be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag to warn the public.

  • Rathbones launches Recovery fund

    16 July 2009

  • RBS Intermediary Partners - RBS 2 Year Base Rate Tracker

    17 July 2009

    RBS Intermediary Partners2 Year Base Rate Tracker

  • Reality check

    16 July 2009

    You have to hand it to the FSA, when it comes to front, they have more than Sainsbury's and much chutzpah too.

  • Reject bank-biased RDR

    16 July 2009

    There are many things in the RDR that could have been taken as "a good thing" but its biggest and probably most fatal flaw is in its timing.

  • Resolution "welcomes" Friends Prov proposal

    17 July 2009

    Resolution says it welcomes Friends Provident's statement, released earlier today, setting out proposals for the combination of the groups which would see Friends Prov become the holding company of the new entity.

  • Resolution preparing a new bid for Friends and an offer for Pru

    16 July 2009

    Resolution is expected to make a revised bid for Friends Provident after the firm rejected an initial offer and is lining up bids for a number of other insurers.

  • Resolution sets out new Friends offer

    20 July 2009

    Resolution has tabled a new cash and shares offer for Friends Provident that takes into account the proposals set out by Friends Provident last week.

  • Retirement realities

    16 July 2009

    MGM Advantage, Living Time, Partnership Assurance, LV=, Canada Life, Hargreaves Lansdown and Bluefin have joined forces to form a new group to lobby for change in the retirement sector.

  • Review will look at role of watchdog and FSCS in crisis

    16 July 2009

    The roles of the Financial Ombudsman Service and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme will be reviewed as part of a raft of banking reforms.

  • Roger Webb to quit Aviva Investors

    16 July 2009

    Aviva Investors head of credit portfolio management Roger Webb is to leave the firm, Money Marketing can reveal.

  • RWC launches US absolute alpha fund

    15 July 2009

    RWC Partners is planning to launch a US absolute alpha fund for recent hire Mike Corcell.

  • Sea-change of the RDR will open up the market

    16 July 2009

    Product providers are confident that the retail distribution review will lead to a significant increase in advisers using ETFs.

  • Securities & Investment Institute to become chartered body

    16 July 2009

  • Self-build mortgage enquiries up 39%

    16 July 2009

    Self-build mortgage specialist BuildStore has revealed a 39 per cent year-on-year increase in self-build finance enquiry levels throughout the last quarter.

  • SHIP numbers down 22%

    16 July 2009

    Safe Homes Income Plans has revealed Q2 2009 equity release business amongst its members was down 22 per cent on 2008 figures.

  • Simply Biz applauds Tories - calls for RDR delay

    20 July 2009

    Simply Biz has applauded the Conservative proposals to scrap the FSA and is calling for the regulator to temporarily suspend its “far reaching, radical and expensive RDR proposals”.

  • Singapore firms face structured products ban

    15 July 2009

    The Singapore Monetary Authority has banned ten institutions from selling structured notes after they dealt in products linked to Lehman Brothers.

  • Skandia merges away Aggressive fund

    21 July 2009

  • Skill strategy

    16 July 2009

    Simon Ellis has a daunting task ahead of him as he leads the review of the Financial Services Skills Council's future strategy but he is confident it will be able to regain its licence.

  • Split capital

    16 July 2009

    I have just agreed the financial settlement on my divorce. What should I do now?

  • Sun shines on Sun Stone

    17 July 2009

    RAM Capital Partners/BMS FinanceSunstone Outsourcing

  • Suspicious minds

    16 July 2009

    Few investors believe whole-heartedly in the recent rally. This is because it has been led by highly indebted oversold stocks such as banks while more defensive companies with stronger balance sheets have been left behind. Many investors now want to see actual demand pick up before deploying more of their cash into the market. As a result, they are behaving with suspicion and caution - a recognised stage in the investor psychology cycle.

  • Swaines sold back

    16 July 2009

    Compliance consultancy Swaines, formerly owned by The Money Portal, has been sold back to its original owner Allen Swaine by administrators Ernst & Young.

  • Swift chief makes call for FSA to bring in rules to force issue

    16 July 2009

    Swift director of funds Edward Glyn says it is time for the FSA to introduce rules on platform re-registration as principles alone have not worked.

  • Takeover speaks volumes

    16 July 2009

    Sesame's proposed takeover of Bankhall will create a massive distributor with 3,000 appointed representative and 1,500 directly authorised firms but questions remain over how the businesses and personalities will gel together.

  • Taxpayer bank aid could last 10 years

    16 July 2009

    Taxpayers may still have a stake in RBS and Lloyds Banking Group for 10 years after UKFI admitted that its investments were in huge deficit.

  • Tesco plays down wholesale funding speculation

    20 July 2009

    Tesco Personal Finance has played down speculation that is seeking a separate credit rating so as to access the wholesale funding markets.

  • The time of day

    16 July 2009

    I hear on the grapevine that day trading which gripped a nation a decade ago is in the ascendancy again. The technology boom was fuelled by every man and his dog buying shares in companies that were supposedly going to make them bucketloads of cash in an instant.

  • Three's company

    16 July 2009

    I thought I would talk about three funds rather than the usual one. All three are centred on the UK market and I have already featured two this year, namely the Standard Life recovery fund and the Schroder UK alpha plus fund. The remaining fund is a new launch from Old Mutual, the UK dynamic equity fund.

  • Too much of a good thing?

    15 July 2009

    Consumers like a range of options when deciding on financial products, but is too much choice a bad thing?

  • Tories plan to scrap FSA - new body would regulate advisers

    20 July 2009

    The Conservative party has called for the abolition of the FSA with prudential powers passed to the Bank of England and a new body set up to regulate advisers.

  • Tories say Darling's 'white flag' is sign of surrender

    16 July 2009

    The Conservatives have attacked the Government's White Paper on banking reform, calling it "a white flag" and arguing it should have buried the tripartite regime.

  • Tory proposals will increase costs for industry

    20 July 2009

    The Conservative party says its proposals to scrap the FSA and hand greater power to the Bank of England will see industry levies for financial regulation rise.

  • Traffic lights for products

    16 July 2009

    A traffic-light system could be used for financial products, similar to the one used in food labelling.

  • Transition time

    16 July 2009

    The retail distribution review presents IFAs with a significant opportunity to grow their client base and generate significant additional value within their businesses. The most recently announced proposals are a positive step forward and while there remain some issues to be ironed out, the future should hold no fear for advisers who are prepared to adapt quickly to the changing rules.

  • Turner questions complexity

    16 July 2009

    At the FSA's financial capability conference in Cambridge, Lord Turner said "radical questions" need to be asked such as can there be too much innovation in some markets and are some products too complex to be sold to consumers at all.

  • UK beating clock, says MPC new man

    16 July 2009

    Newly appointed monetary policy committee member Dr Adam Posen says the UK is on track to successfully complete its financial stimulus package. Posen says the UK is "beating the clock" on fixing the economy.

  • Unemployment rises to 2.38 million after record increase

    15 July 2009

    The UK unemployment rate rose by a record 281,000 to reach 2.38m in the three months to May, according to the Office for National Statistics.

  • US lenders may have to take back bad mortgage debt

    15 July 2009

    New proposals by an American think-tank may see US firms having toxic mortgage asset returned to them.

  • Vanguard index-trackers added to Elevate

    20 July 2009

    Axa Distribution Services has added Vanguard’s index-tracking funds to its Elevate wrap platform.

  • Vulture funds face Govt crackdown

    21 July 2009

    The Government is launching a consultation on legislation that would protect 40 of the world’s most heavily indebted countries from so-called ‘vulture funds’.

  • Walker Review calls for fund managers to look to the long-term

    16 July 2009

    The Walker Review has called for fund managers to become better stewards of institutions in an attempt to encourage long-term gains.

  • Webb leaving Aviva

    16 July 2009

  • West Brom chief scoops £520,600 despite failings

    16 July 2009

    The former West Brom Building Society chief executive Stephen Karle received a £520,600 pay-off in 2008 despite taking the firm to the verge of bankruptcy.

  • Which? warns of ‘will apathy’

    15 July 2009

    Research from Which? Legal Service shows that 56 per cent of people surveyed don’t have a will.

  • Woodford continues to question green shoots

    20 July 2009

    Invesco Perpetual head of investment Neil Woodford says the UK economy is not likely to recover for another three to four years and that “green shoots” in the equity market are “illusory.”

  • Yorkshire IFA launches political lobby group

    17 July 2009

    Yorkshire-based IFA Neil Liversidge of West Riding Personal Financial Solutions has launched a political lobby group for IFAs calling for realistic and fair regulation.

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