30 August 2006
AdvantageFlexishare Three-Year Stepped Fixed Rate
AdvantageFlexishare Two Year Stepped Fixed Rate
The Association of Home Information Pack Providers will launch a code of practice for Hips which all its members will subscribe to.
'Many bigger players seem to think they are beyond regulator's reach'
Should lenders and insurers be allowed to use private detectives to check on clients that they suspect of fraud?
Matt Goodburn gauges debate on whether to invest in mid caps or large caps
Our panel assess the potential perils of sub-prime and the search for deals after a client comes down from the prime stream
Where might scope exist to use the Rysaffe strategy in IHT planning with trusts?
It is time we saw real progress in opening up borders for pan-European marketing
Chelsea Building SocietyBuy-To-Let Two Year Fixed Rate
Chelsea Building SocietyTwo Year Fixed Rate
The best performing purely Chinese fund over the past year is Neptune China run by the brilliant Robin Geffen. To August 1, 2006, the fund rose by 25.3 per cent against an average of only 6.3 per cent in the Asia Pacific excluding Japan sector.
Close Property InvestmentEighth Special Opportunities Fund
Like most PF writers, I have been busy writing about student finances this week. With an 18-year-old daughter myself, this has taken over my private life, too.
He says industry analyst Ned Cazalet, in his report Polly Put The Kettle On, have sparked a debate about the amounts that product providers are paying out to IFAs in up-front commission that is only serving to distract from the issues that life offices ought to be focusing on.
Dispensing advice on life, work and the benefits of selling protection
Fidelity has unveiled its alternative model for NPSS Personal Accounts, which will enable savers to opt out of the basic scheme to access wider investment choices.
Fund managers are cautious about investing in airlines following changes to security in the wake of the recent alleged terrorist plot.
Rumours are rumbling on of another approach by Aviva to buy Prudential but both parties have denied it with Pru saying it does not comment on "rumour and speculation".
One of the most hotly debated subjects in the wrap/platform industry is the ability of advisers to re-register assets away from platforms as well as on to them.
A few weeks ago, before my recent holiday, I was contacted by an IFA who had been conned out of 12,200 by a fraudster. Forgive me if I do not name the adviser concerned here although I will come back to this later.
Collaborative law could see more solicitors turning to advisers for help on how best to split pension rights on divorce
The recent problems at Heathrow left me no option other than to drive to Scotland after British Airways could get me there but not bring me back. All the recent cancellations came as no surprise, having witnessed the understaffed approach to security when last going for a flight at the crack of dawn.
iFundsMFM iFunds ETF Commodity Fund
Kensington MortgagesSimple Choices Minor Three Year Discount
Keydata Investment ServicesProtected Portfolio Plan
Mortgage 2000UCB Homeloans Self Cert Two-Year Discounted Rate Tracker
Hopes of a rise in mortgage market activity in July were dashed while house hunters watched Wimbledon and the World Cup in June, says Moneyextra.
Mortgage IntelligenceMortgage Trust MT Select Two Year Stepped Fixed Buy-To-Let
NDF AdministrationNDF Growth Kick Out Plan - July 06
NDF Administration NDF Secure Growth Plus Plan July 06
Admin: Hamptons Mortgages technical director Jonathan Cornell looks at why so few lenders keep brokers up to date on the progress of their clients' applications
The Government's destructive mugging goes on with A-Day and Asp
JO Hambro fund manager Chris Beagles is a leading light in the equity income area and he puts the focus firmly on yield, believing that dividends are a true reflection of a company's worth
Premier Cru Fine Wine InvestmentsHome Cellars Mortgage Repayment Product
Premier Fund ManagersProtected Growth Plan - Limited Editions No 33
Running a professional body for financial advisers is a job for professionals
Public sector pensions liabilities have increased by £50bn, according to the latest figures from the Government.
Clients left holding dog funds have every reason to feel shortchanged
Society cites flexibility of intergenerational loan
Lender profile: Guy Anker looks at how Royal Bank of Scotland Intermediary Partners is overcoming its service problems
After HBOS was likened to the Chelsea FC of the mortgage market, Guy Anker questions whether its dominance is detrimental to borrowers and if any lenders are capable of putting up a challenge
Over 70 per cent of callers in a recent survey by the Pensions Advisory Service have said they would need advice as to whether they should opt to stay in or come out of the new system of personal accounts likely to come into effect in 2012.
Scottish Widows Investment Partnership has been awarded an ‘A’ rating by Standard & Poor’s for the SWIP Corporate Bond Plus fund.
High net worth individuals and their advisers are being urged to ensure that they take advantage of the existing inheritance tax exemptions before Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs erode the benefits of tax planning further.
Life is about picking up the pieces of your jigsaw puzzle and making the picture you want, says Anand Associates' managing director, who has a passion for public speaking and likes to be considered as being a financial architect. Interview by Julie-ann Sprague
Royal London's new Riley investment bond product is designed to give investors the option of investing in a passively managed FTSE 350 tracker or picking an actively managed 350 fund while building in the flexiblity for the investor to pick or choose their respective level of exposure to both.
Last week saw the spotlight fall on GE Money Home Lending over alleged undisclosed commission from past and present subsidiaries that is likely to result in compensation claims later this year from disgruntled mortgage customers.
Money Marketing this week revealed a high court victory over the Financial Ombudsman Service by IFA firm Garrison Investment Analysis which rakes up arguments over the way redress is calculated.
Germany and France have experienced their strongest economic growth in five years
Best-buy tables are vital tools for brokers and are also useful for consumers. However, best-buy tables are not an even playing field. The trend to charging extortionately high arrangement fees means products at the top of the short-term residential best-buy tables work out to be far less attractive once this extra cost is factored in.
With September upon us and the holiday season drawing to a close, it makes sense to endeavour to determine what investment themes might take us into the autumn.