5 August 2010
John Greenwood says IFAs could well find themselves in the firing line if the annuity misselling bangwagon starts to rumble.
Brian Tora says India could prove to be a core holding for investors.
Nic Cicutti asks why a move to direct-only mortgages is taking place and what can be done about it?
Chris Cummings calls on IFAs to come together to prove to the Government that the sector is a “core part” of the future of financial services.
CPMA could be the perfect opportunity to revitalise the savings and protection market.
John Cupis says the mortgage market review will make the intermediary sector even more valuable to consumers and lenders.
Former secretary to the Conservative Party’s economic Competitiveness review says industry is wallowing in vested interests.
Tom Baigrie calls on the industry to take this “last chance” to consult on the future of financial advice.
Alan Lakey says the industry must design a product that provides an anticipated level of protection to consumers.
Suzanne MacDonald comments on what the industry can expect from the new regulatory structure.
Openwork says only 10 more firms are looking to join former chief executive Keith Carby’s new venture.
Advisers slam study claiming that UK pension savers are being hit by huge charges compared with their European counterparts.
Aviva Investors is to add a 0.1 per cent charge across a total of 21 funds within its range.
IFA consolidator brings total number of acquisitions to 29.
The Chartered Insurance Institute’s QCF level four alternative assessment is likely to cost advisers almost £2,000 - nearly four times the cost of its written exams.
Outgoing Aifa director general wants IFAs to show that they are a “core part” of the future of financial services.
Shareholders in the F&C commercial property trust have voted against its proposed merger with the Ignis Investments’ UK commercial property trust.
Director and chief corporate counsel of Cicero Consulting urges IFAs to unite and seize the opportunity to help shape regulatory reform
De Blonay: We underestimated the power of government intervention.
Investors meet FSA, FSCS and administrators amid concerns that they may not get compensation for several years.
Advisers and providers hit out at practice of inflating premium rates in order to take a higher commission.
The Information Tribunal has dismissed an appeal challenging the FSA’s refusal to disclose the legal advice it received against allowing IFAs to have a 15-year long stop.
Product providers are measuring and rewarding factors such as levels of disclosure on business submitted to them by IFAs, according to Pacific Life Re.
Australian government has abolished foreign investment fund regime.
Profit before tax jumps to £188.2m.
Yearsley says fee for emerging markets fund is “outrageous”.
It is becoming increasingly popular for investors to take the passive route when gaining exposure to equity markets, says Fidelity’s Steve Gibson.
Tony Yousefian says BP will eventually be ripe for a takeover.
Alliance Trust fixed income head warns on lack of transparency in the strategic bond sector.
Experts warn those planning to transfer out of final-salary schems to do so while valuations are still being calculated under RPI.
The Government is talking to providers about the possibility of scrapping Nest and asking the private sector to fill the gap.
Senior Conservative MPs ’appalled at inconsistency, lack of clarity and lack of real focus’.
Altmann warns that the Treasury is concerned that Nest may lose money in the short term because of the increased cost of tax relief.
Members of final-salary pension schemes could see the benefits they can build up slashed by a third as a result of Government reform plans on annual allowances.
Waterson says pension reform may stall as Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and pensions minister Steve Webb are focused on other issues.