15 June 2005
It worries me when so many diverse and independent organisations appear to be singing from the same hymn sheet
It is difficult to think of one financial scandal that the FSA has prev-ented with its millions of pages of rules
Figures from Halifax showing that the annual increase in house prices has slowed to the same rate as retail price inflation mean that novice investors are less likely to be att- racted to buy to let.
Banned IFA David Aaron has published a wide-ranging criticism of the way that regulators dealt with claims brought against his firm for precipice bond misselling.
Alliance & LeicesterRemortgage Exclusive: Two Year Flexible Base Rate Tracker
Park Row Corporate & Private Clients director Peter Sprung explains the firm's approach to educating advisers and how striking a blance bet- ween work and personal needs is reaping benefits
Artemis Investment ManagementStrategic Bond Fund
BNP Paribas Asset ManagementParvest Asian Convertible Bond
BNP Paribas Asset ManagementParvest Emerging Markets Bond
BNP Paribas Asset ManagementParvest World Resources
BNP Paribas Asset ManagementParvest World Prestige
Bristol & WestGuaranteed Income & Growth GEB
Close Property Investment - Capital Appreciation Trust, Active Commercial Estates Trust , Healthcare & Leisure Property Fund, Business Centre Properties
Close Property InvestmentCapital Appreciation Trust, Active Commercial Estates Trust , Healthcare & Leisure Property Fund, Business Centre Properties
FundsNetwork's executive director launched his career as a torpedo engineer and now he is aiming to make an impact by steaming into the wrap market
Zurich protection development manager Gerry Warner says protection products offer the flexibility to cover a wide range of female lifestyles and accommodate changing needs
This is meant to be the quiet season. Yet, as on TV, within the industry there is no shortage of celebrities behaving oddly.
It has been a confusing couple of months for the FSA. An appeals tribunal reveals problems with the FSA's investigation and enforcement procedures when challenged by a big insurer.
The debate over how best to remunerate advisers has a particular resonance right now. Depolarisation is a reality and the menu is live.
Having provided costs and service clarity, we must persude the public to use us, which is where the FSA comes in john winful
Isle of Shuna is an enterprise investment scheme which invests in the harvesting and marketing of fresh Scottish mussels.
The Parvest Latin America fund is one of 60 funds recently registered for distributor status in the UK.The fund aims for growth by investing in equities and equity-related securities of countries in Latin America. This includes Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico, with some exposure to the US.
M&G is believed to be increasing charges on its products from 1 per cent to 1.5 per cent, reigniting fee controversy in the industry.
Morgan Stanley Investment ManagementSicav US Property Fund
Mortgage TrustMortgage Trust Mass Market Buy-to-Let 1 year Fixed Rate
A good mate of mine called the other day. He wanted to know what to do about his mortgage.
Lazard's decision to outsource the admin of its Pep and Isa accounts to Fidel- ity FundsNetwork has raised eyebrows in the industry. Is the supermarket looking to complete its own sweep of the industry's Pep and Isa admin business?
In my last article, I started to discuss a client whose circumstances are fairly representative of a large number of people seeking up-to-date pension advice.
Completing applications online for protection has become an established part of the business process, bringing with it benefits for the client, adviser and provider. But technology has yet to be harnessed fully to imp-rove the speed at which proposals progress from initial application to live policy, in particular during underwriting.
A shock could be in store for borrowers whose two-year fixed rates are shortly to expire, says Nicola York
Since the introduction of the pre-owned assets tax, there has been an understandable focus on loan trusts and discounted gift trusts for those who require some continuing access to the funds or assets used in lifetime inheritance tax planning.
Our panel of experts look at falling protection sales and if a new product is the answer, disclosing claim data and distribution channels
Lynne has been reading about the new pension rules coming into force next April. She is 60 and intends to retire in the next few weeks.
Morgan Stanley Investment ManagementSicav European Small Cap Value Fund
Stargate Capital Management has brought out a capital protected enterprise investment scheme film fund to encourage investment in the film industry while addressing concerns about the potential risk to capital.
If everyone were compelled to join a particular pension, that would be a major simplification, but would it be a good thing, and is the government planning to make such a change?
When out on the road discussing Gartmore's multi-manager proposition with IFAs, I constantly meet with objections such as: "I don't need to use a multimanager product - I can select funds for my clients."
YES 63%NO 37%...
Post A-day changes will have a positive impact on the growth of drawdowns, says GE Life product design manager Ray Chinn
How often do you read of individuals who have had their critical-illness claim turned down for not meeting the definition in the policy wording?
The Society of Mortgage Professionals has been created by the Chartered Insurance Institute to give a focus to professionals within the mortgage market.
The lights are going out in Euro Fantasyland and we have seen the unthinkable with the French and Dutch votes rejecting the new EU Constitution. What is happening to the European dream?