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93 per cent of IFAs favour compulsory training

IFAs believe they should be required to undertake training before advising on post-retirement planning, according to research by Winterthur Life. Its survey of 214 IFAs nationwide showed 93 per cent were in favour of compulsory training to cover areas such as income drawdown.

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Equitable seeks explanations from former directors

Equitable Life has written to 20 former directors asking them to justify their behaviour in the past running of the society following legal advice by lawyers Herbert Smith.The letter was sent in a bid by the troubled life office to recover losses it suffered following a House of Lords ruling that it could not apply […]

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The most imp-ortant part of the BuildStore product offering is the self-build facility rather than the actual mortgage deal.It is offering 95 per cent of the land purchase price and build costs with stage payments in advance. The majority of lenders that offer self-build terms will go to a maximum of 75 per cent of […]

Baillie Gifford – Investment Grade Bond Fund

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ABI aims to head off commission attack by Sandler

The ABI is examining propo-sals for a disclosure regime based on benchmarked or average commission in a bid to seize the initiative before the Sandler review forces the industry&#39s hand.Papers seen by Money Marketing from the ABI&#39s life insurance committee suggest “the commission offered by various providers on the same product might be disclosed, perhaps […]

The Investment Clock: Keep calm and Macron!

Trevor Greetham, Head of Multi Asset In a marked contrast to the surge in risk sentiment that followed President Trump’s election in November, markets greeted Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election with satisfaction and relief, rather than euphoria. After rallying strongly on opinion polls that accurately predicted the outcome, the euro held onto […]

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