17 May 2006
Millfield's disclosure that its talks with a buyer have fallen through and that it has now brought in turn-round consultants poses the questions of why did the deal fail and can the consultants revive the business?
The Association of British Insurers believes everything is hunky dory with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
They should think again about watching advisers being wiped out'
CII sets up course to 'challenge delegates intellectually and strengthen skills'
Chasing commission has blinded the industry to its ethical responsibilities
In the sixth part of a series on the IFA Guide to Working With Accountants and Solicitors, Sifa managing director Ian Muirhead looks at building fee-based client relationships
Unless MPPI premiums are cut, big losses on mortgages will be inevitable
The increasing correlation between asset classes could hit fund of funds managers using a multi-asset approach if markets fall, warns Christows.
This week by personal finance editor of The Scotsman Jennifer Hill
Andy Cherkas, a principal in the Tillinghast business of Towers Perrin, outlines three possibilities for achieving a sustainable profit stream
'We are specifically attracting people with experience in the industry'
Tiner blames lack of industry engagement for the low take-up of stakeholder products
Miton Optimal and Insinger de Beaufort are becoming increasingly cautious on emerging markets and commodities amid expectations of a short-term correction.
The IFP runs one non-financial planning-related event in its calendar. The annual golf day, sponsored by Old Mutual, took place recently and attrac-ted 60 people.
The success story behind Buckles' graduate recruitment scheme
Skandia's strategy for attracting and retaining the best people
I have often referred to the thankless task of being an investment manager.
Why vote for demutualisation when Standard Life is thriving again?
Questionable and somewhat arbitrary behaviour of lenders means one regulator should cover secured loans'
Leeds Building Society has launched a three year base rate tracker mortgage which is currently only 4.5 per cent, allows unlimited capital repayments without penalty and has no higher lending charge.
Midas Capital believes there will be greater integration between fund of fund managers, insurance companies, wraps and fund supermarkets.
We find ourselves in the middle of the awards' season. I attended another ceremony last week and most of us felt that, save for a few notable examples, the short lists and awards lacked credibility.
The recent outperformance by small and medium-cap stocks has not just applied in the UK. In the US, large-cap stocks have risen by 12.2 per cent over 12 months, well below the 27.8 per cent from small caps.
Norwich and Peterborough Building Society chief executive Matthew Bullock has been elected Chairman of the Building Societies Association for 2006-2007.
It has been very difficult for UK investors to invest in the Arab/Gulf Cooperation Council stockmarkets. The performance of these markets as measured by the Shuaa Capital Arab Comp index has been outstanding. It has risen by substantial amounts over the past five years although recently there has been a setback of around 15 per cent. This should be a buying opportunity.
Most pension issues rise or fall in prominence due to changes in legislation, regulation or social trends. The importance of the topic I will be talking about in this article - pensions and divorce - is influenced by all these factors and many more.
Global economic expansion could be starting to slow down despite major M&A activity
How is the 10-year anniversary charge calculated on a settlement?
The principal and co-founder of CBK went to a New Jersey college on a soccer scholarship and he is still on the ball by repositioning the company so that each office has autonomy to develop in its own way. Interview by Nicola York.
Significant compromise' by Treasury lifts the biggest barrier to Turner's pension reforms
A legal firm seeks advice on its group life scheme in light of the Budget changes to inheritance tax and trusts
The alternative investment opportunities provided by Sipps make the role of the adviser and scheme administrator even more vital, says Pointon York Sipp Solutions managing director Christine Hallett
Matt Goodburn looks at whether we are approaching a market watershed
We must work to improve the image of critical-illness cover and raise consumer confidence
Tenet Group chief executive Simon Hudson defends the network concept
Guy Anker analyses whether trackers are set to take over from fixed rates
A few weeks ago, I suggested that paranoia is a key personality trait among IFAs. My comments stung quite a few of you into emailing me on the subject, with some of the responses weirder than the role played by Gene Hackman in the 1970s' film The Conversation, where he appears as a surveillance expert who refuses to buy a phone and will not tell his girlfriend his real age or what he does for a living.
It looks as if the industry as a whole has jumped the gun in its interpretation of the rules'
Aaarrggggh. Yet more technical papers that must be read. I don't know about you but my pile of reading is nearly reaching the ceiling.
An increase to the retirement age by three years could put even greater pressure on employee benefit schemes and force insurers' hands when it comes to determining policy details of group risk schemes, according to UnumProvident.
Bashing the FSA's treating customers fairly regime would appear to be all the rage once again. It seems everyone is straining at the leash to knock the jewel in the FSA's principles based crown, from top industry bosses such as Park Row chief executive Peter Sprung, to the Law Society.
Regulation expert warns that providers could find it uneconomical to train small firms
UCB Home Loans will launch two new exclusive products in partnership with some of its national accounts next week.
Damage from the proposed NPSS will be felt before it is even implemented