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90 per cent of IFAs going through supermarts

More than 90 per cent of IFAs are placing business though fund supermarkets, according to Cofunds. Its survey of over 200 advisers found that 94 per cent are placing client&#39s investments through supermarkets, with two-thirds saying they expect the amount of business they process in this way to rise over the next 12 months. Reduced administration, ease of switching and being able to consolidate their customers&#39 existing holdings were the main reasons respondents gave for using electronic platforms.

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Pickering attacks industry Nimps who resist change

The tax-free lump sum on pensions must not be a sacred cow blocking the route to radical reform, warned Alan Pickering in a blistering attack on the pensions establishment last week.Describing pension professionals resisting change as Nimps – Not In My Pension Scheme – Pickering told delegates at the Pensions Management Institute annual conference in […]

Money Marketing scoops ABI prizes

Money Marketing won the life insurance/pensions trade publication of the year prize for the second time in a row at the ABI&#39s annual Financial Media Awards this week.Held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, the awards honoured both past and present MM staff, with former deputy news editor Rachel Stevenson – now with the Independent – […]

Quester – Quester VCT 5

Wednesday, 9 October 2002 Aim: Income and growth by investing in unquoted companies Minimum investment: Lump sum £3,000 Opening-closing date: October 2, 2002-April 3, 2003 for 2002/2003 tax year, April 30, 2003 for 2003/2004 tax year Charges: Initial 5%, annual up to 2.5% Commission: Initial 3% Tel: 020 7227 3333

How to balance bottom-up with top-down research in constructing multi-asset credit portfolios

In this short video, Azhar Hussain, head of global high yield at Royal London Asset Management, explains how his team balance bottom-up with top-down research in constructing multi-asset credit portfolios. Watch the video in full The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up […]

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