27 October 2011
The Platforum managing director Holly Mackay offers a fresh view of how to consider platforms.
Former Aifa head says IFAs should sign up to IFA Centre.
Neil McCarthy says menu plans help to deliver imaginative cover with indexation.
F&TRC director looks at the technology behind the provider’s new products.
Advisers should warm to Dr Blake’s theories on optimal investment, says John Greenwood.
For the second time in recent months, politicians seem to be proving their worth in looking to hold financial regulators to account.
Nic Cicutti says advisers have misunderstood Linda Woodall’s comments on giving free advice.
Mark Pritchard says the Towry case reminds firms of the importance of handling “Dear CEO” letters with great care.
Fidelity’s Paul Kennedy says junior Isas have a great deal to offer.
Susie Halliday says the tribunal decision could have significant consequences for IFAs.
Ascentric managing director Hugo Thorman says the platform plans to make annuities available before the end of 2012.
The BSA has stressed the importance of co-operation between the PRA and the FCA, saying the two bodies should not be fighting “turf wars”.
Former Labour Chancellor would push for fundamental reform of pension tax relief if re-elected.
The principles behind the FSA’s new compulsory re-registration rules should be extended to back-office technology providers.
The Association of Short Term Lenders is seeking a total exemption for bridging lenders from the European Commission’s mortgage credit directive.
Sir Anthony Holland has raised concerns about proposed new regulatory powers.
Protection experts agree drastic measures are needed to raise the sector’s profile but is mandatory cover a step too far?
Lawyers and advisers say the recent employment tribunal ruling that a self-employed adviser has employed status could have big implications for the market.
Mortgage experts warn the UK could be on the brink of another credit crunch if the spread between Libor and base rate continues to increase.
Friends Life says it is looking to compete on product quality rather than price following the launch of its individual protection proposition.
Regulator wants banks and building societies to ensure customers are eligible to claim on insurance cover sold as part of packaged bank accounts.
Over half of adviser firms that recommended significant volumes of Arch cru funds are thought to be no longer trading.
Hugo Thorman and David Ferguson offer two contrasting views on platform business strategy.
Henderson is closing its global currency offering.
Longbow Capital is considering merging its income and growth VCT with an external VCT due to fund-raising difficulties.
M&G Investments is adding US dollar and Swiss franc share classes to a number of its fixedincome funds following demand from global distributors.
Tenet says 80 per cent of IFAs will have to change their business model to remain independent after the RDR.
The Pensions Regulator has accused insurers of using active member discounts to rip off consumers.