3 February 2011
Emma Prescott says she hopes Aviva’s attempts to try something new is just the beginning of effective publicity for protection products.
Nic Cicutti says IFA campaign group should be the catalyst for change after another unfair levy.
Adviser firms with good records should not have to suffer, says Tony Byrne.
John Greenwood says only changes to legislation will curb master trusts.
Mark Dampier says he is confident that Invesco Perpetual income manager Neil Woodford will see his funds through these challenging times.
The huge Financial Services Compensation Scheme interim levy bills which landed last week again exposes a regulatory system in desperate need of reform.
Brian Tora says the recent events in emerging markets should remind advisers that they do offer higher returns but at the expense of greater risk.
Ian McKenna says following the FSA’s recent paper on risk and the suitability of investment advice, some firms should look at adding additional processes.
Harry Katz says the FSA must not adopt a one-size-fits-all approach to risk assessment.
Aberdeen Asset Management is launching onshore versions of its Luxemburg-domiciled emerging market bond and high-yield bond funds in March.
Rachael Adams finds widespread industry acclaim for Aviva’s innovative TV advertising push.
Insurer holds payouts for 2 million customers and increases exposure to equities and property.
Director-general John Cridland says “acting in isolation” on banking reform could damage UK businesses.
VAT may be applied to platform fees and rebates under the FSA’s rules on platform charging, according to Ernst & Young.
European Commission is considering whether to make advice compulsory for all mortgage sales or for certain types of mortgage customers.
Regulator says amendments will “facilitate customers or their advisers making better purchase decisions”.
Standard Life’s John Lawson says cost of implementing investment illustration proposals could force 50 per cent of administrators to close.
The FSA has refused to commit to a timescale for consulting on reforming the FSCS despite huge adviser anger over the latest £93m interim levy.
James Smith on why UK equity income funds are still proving popular in the long term.
Gregor Watt says demand for income means that UK equity income funds are still the biggest draw in town despite other alternatives starting to appear.
Aifa director general Stephen Gay believes the FSA will be flexible with the RDR qualification deadline towards the end of 2012 if advisers are struggling to achieve QCF level four.
Plutus Wealth Management was only set up two years ago and one of the firm’s founders says the company is aiming to be the new face of IFAs with an emphasis on younger age groups and using social media to communicate with clients.
Aegon director of partnership sales Andy Rowson say IFAs who already advise about protection could add business protection as an extra string to their bow.
The marketing language of investments is supposed to make things easier for clients to understand but instead it often causes more confusion. Is there any solution to the problem?
Head of UK retail sales Jasper Berens says he would like to launch more low-cost active managed funds designed to be an alternative to the passive market.
Labour will try to block the Government’s plans to accelerate the rise in the state pension age, according to Shadow pensions minister Rachel Reeves.
MPs and mutuals have joined advisers’ calls for an urgent review of Financial Services Compensation Scheme funding.
Nest has spoken with the FSA over the possibility of applying the RU64 rule to the Nest auto-enrolment scheme.
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Santander is on a recruitment drive to add to its team of 1,000 in-house multi-tied advisers and says it will consider hiring Barclays advisers.
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Provider calls on Hargreaves Lansdown and AJ Bell to sign up to automated pension transfer system, Options.
Tenet’s mortgage, protection and general insurance arm, Tenet-Lime, is holding talks about offering a single-tie protection proposition for its members.