29 June 2005
How can the stockmarket shrug off what appears to be a deteriorating economic picture?
With antiques, art and stamp collections becoming potential pension investments from next April, Standard Life marketing technical manager John Lawson assesses the possibilities for IFAs to get involved in this market
PIMS this year was an excellent experience for the IFP as we met with delegates and providers who understand what we do and why we do it. They also like it.
Since mortgage regulation last year, the pressure is on for the industry to find ways of reducing costs and integrating technology solutions to provide a better service and to ensure advisers comply with the new regulations.
Premium bonds are nothing more than a lottery and to say they offer a return of 3.25 per cent is misleading.
The LibDems Shadows Pensions Secretary is backing IFAs to prosper after A-Day and says a political consensus is appearing in some pension areas
The Children's Mutual sales director Andy Brown looks at how child trust funds are opening up a unique business avenue for advisers
Alternative investment manager Aurum Funds has established a multi-manager multi-strategy fund of hedge funds that invests in natural resources and commodity-related equities, fixed income and derivatives' strategies.
Investors are sitting on 100bn in cash and need careful risk-based coaxing back into long-term investment
The 'dynamic duo' in charge of Aifa are promising a hard-line approach on behalf of IFAs while defending the possible admission of multi-ties to the membership
Packagers can hit a home run with US-style correspondent lending and boost their business value
With Janet Walford having fled for a well-earned break, Jon Cudby has assumed control at Money Management. This means a whole new strategy of rule, founded on criminal puns and reams of utterly useless trivia. Somehow, we get the magazine through the print deadline.
Coventry Building SocietyBuy-To-Let 5.75% Fixed
Coventry Building SocietyThree Year Fixed Rate
Derbyshire Building SocietyBuy-To-Let Three Year Discount
Any of you with advice at the centre of your service proposition will have more than a passing interest in trusts - trusts as an effective estate-planning structure, trusts combined with retail financial products to make them work better to achieve clients' financial objectives, trusts as a source of investment business and that's even without thinking about pensions.
Forsyth PartnersForsyth Managed Aggressive Fund
Forsyth PartnersForsyth Managed Balanced Fund
Forsyth PartnersForsyth Managed Cautious Fund
Forsyth PartnersForsyth Managed Hedge Fund
Does the Financial Ombudsman Service ignore the possibility of a fraudulent claim when it investigates complaints?
If you truly want to improve your business and increase profits, the answer is the wrap supermodel
Insight has added funds from Britannic and JP Morgan to its multi-manager range.
The debate over whether residential property is a good thing or a bad thing for pensions has spawned a lot of comment.
JPMorgan Asset Management has brought out the JPM cautious total return fund, an Oeic which takes advantage of the greater flexibility allowed under the Ucits III directive.
JP Morgan Asset ManagementJPM Cautious Total Return Fund
JPMorgan Asset ManagementJPM Cautious Total Return Fund
For years, the industry has hidden itself behind conflicting language, inventing different terms for the same thing - MVAs v MVRs, early encashment charge v surrender penalty - the list is long.
The FTB market has declined and BTL has soared as lifestyle choices change
M&GM&G North American Value Fund
Last week saw the forging of an alliance between two of the most successful brands in UK financial services.
Britannia's acquisition of Bristol & West will spread its mutual message in 65 new towns, says Andrea Tryphonides
At an industry conference hosted by this newspaper last week, incoming Treasury Economic Secretary Ivan Lewis showed a refreshingwillingness to listen to the industry.
A few weeks ago, I commented in my column that there is a war going on between consumers and the industry, in which both sides lie to each other over issues such as compensation for endowment misselling.
Paragon MortgagesFive Year Fixed Rate Mortgage
Paragon Mortgages5.25% Fixed Rate
Pink Home LoansMortgage Trust Select 4.65% Fixed
Premier Fund ManagersPan-European Growth Plan Limited Editions no 26
My wife and I have our own small self-administered scheme. I keep reading about all the changes to pensions from next April and how self-invested personal pensions are the way forward for the future, allowing you to invest in many different areas.
Our panel of experts look at the possibility of an overseas property boom, solicitor referral fees and shared ownership
PMI is no longer just about providing fast and efficient treatment but offering a range of back-up services such as medical information and health assessments, says Norwich Union Healthcare consumer development manager
Nicola York assesses the prospects for a base rate cut in the coming months
Investors in football may have scored an own-goal, with the Dow Jones football index down by 3.4 per cent since launch in 1991.
Firms are failing customers and fooling themselves with their approach to branding
Barclays has hit the ground running on multi-ties, but without the payment menu.
Skandia investment marketing manager Ian Thomas says the future success of platformsrequires simplified structures and pricing
TRI INVESTMENTSEuropean Residential Property Fund
In my last couple of articles, I have outlined the case of a client of my firm who required advice on whether to remain contracted out of the state second pension and transfer out of his existing personal pension fund.
Woolwich Plan Managers has established the capital growth plan issue 1. A capital-guaranteed Isa for mini-cash Isa and Toisa transfers.
Speculation over Clucas stopped when the report's key finding revealed that a new SRO should be established to regulate all companies dealing with private investors.