25 January 2006
Company claims the cost of managing deluge of cases will be 4m this year
Accord MortgagesPrime 100% 3 Year Fixed Fee Assist
Clients are in urgent need of pension protection advice as A-Day looms
Barclays InternationalGlobal GEB 2 - Three Year
Interest rates Mortgage Express chief economist Peter Charles argues that with interest rates at historically low levels and nothing on the horizon that is likely to change the picture, prospective buyers do not have to rush into making a deal.
Boutique multi-manager Williams de Broe has hit out at bigger groups that have jumped on the bandwagons.
Last week's turmoil in Japan could offer a buying opportunity, says Matt Davis
Breeding CapitalBreeding Capital EIS
My partner and I want to ensure our financial arrangements are in order as we are about to have a child. As we are both female, I am aware that we need to be more organised than other couples, especially should anything happen to either of us.
Commodities have seen huge rises, driven by demand from countries such as China and India
This week by freelance personal finance journalist Dido Sandler
The Pensions Commission should take a lesson from a Far Eastern allegory
Government scheme has enormous potential but minister refuses to relent on subsidies and tough regulations
Over half of people willing to postpone state pension
Pension scheme liabilities soar as gilt yields plummet
James Salmon reports on the PFS's drive to bring young graduates into the financial advice business
Downing Corporate FinanceNorthern Venture Trust C-Share Issue
Our panel look at business prospects, RBS's restructure, non-conforming newcomers and concerns over the equity-release market
Mirror takes on client service and pays ongoing income
Equity release The Institute of Actuaries working party on equity release chairman Ged Hosty says the issue of inheritance tax is particularly important when considering equity-release schemes.
I believe that we are at a crossroads in the IFA world, as we may well see some sensible changes in how the Financial Ombudsman Scheme charges, with no fee until the second or third complaint.
Ingenious Asset Management is looking to lower the min- imum investment on its multi-manager UK equity fund in a bid to attract more IFA business.
It was just my luck to be in a broadcasting studio immediately after the Japanese stockmarket was forced to close early due to sheer weight of selling orders. It was a first for the world's second-biggest stockmarket.
Star fund managers are born, not made, believes Jupiter's master of multi-management. His new book, Fundology, explains how to identify the best managers but he fears that individual investors lack the courage to follow their convictions and are still stuck in the tracker mentality, says Matt Davis.
Kleinwort BensonProtected Linked Deposit I
As we are subjected to more and more reality TV shows, how long will it be before members of the financial services industry are put in a house for 10 weeks to sort out some of the mess that exists?
Last week, I found myself writing an article for the Sunday Herald, in Scotland, about the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
Sam Shaw looks at LifeQuote's system which is offering a tailored approach
Liontrust Investment FundsFirst Opportunities Fund
Fund-raising venture for hybrid multi-manager investment trust
The Mortgage Works announced last month that it was pulling out of buy-to-let lending on new build flats, and flats less than one year old because the scale of builders' incentives was making valuations unreliable. It is are continuing to lend on residential new build flats and on newbuild BTL houses.
Advisers have one of the most difficult jobs in the whole industry. They need to spend time running their business and nurturing client relationships but they also need to spend a considerable amount of time thinking about investments.
It seems anomalous that a business insurance arrangement that lacks bounteous intent should be caught by the Poat rules
Changes to the tax system could help to revive investment business
In the second of a series of articles, Sesame head of propositions and commercial development Alastair Conway gives his thoughts on the practical steps advisers can take to strengthen their client proposition.
In my last few articles, I have examined features of the major asset classes and predicted how they might perform in the future. I have paid particular attention to the volatility of the individual asset classes and their combined behaviour, noting the extent of their correlated performance.
Consultancy Impact Plus has called for much greater transparency for multi-tie deals to clear up consumer confusion.
Nicola York says firms are getting ready to move into the pension term assurance sector but there are concerns about advice pitfalls.
A discretionary trust can potentially save a pension member's death benefits from suffering IHT
Lender profile Guy Anker finds Platform eager to add to its online processing system and boost non-conforming business.
Recommending a group Sipp after A-Day will require special considerations
Guy Anker looks at the disagreements which led to the founding of the AMPD
Company has until end of February to close capital gap
Are endowment-chasing firms operating in the Wild West of financial services? Some of the stories emerging from the the sector would suggest as much.
I am a great admirer of Robin Geffen and believe he is the best global fund manager in the UK.
Rooftop MortgagesLight Plus Status 5.89% Fixed for 2 Years
Stroud & SwindonDiscount 2.08% Buy-to-Let
Sainsbury's responds to survey but no reply from Tesco, Asda and Boots after one month
Scottish Widows head of pensions market development Ian Naismith says there needs to be a national pension debate to discuss the Pensions Commission's proposals.
West Bromwich Building SocietyFlexiMortgage 10 Year Fixed
Seager says he will fight for compensation from regulator after case costs firm 100,000
New director of enforcement Margaret Cole brings in an era of zero tolerance and says fines need to be increased