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Advice on authorisation

The FSA, supported by the Institute of Financial Services, is holding a seminar to help firms wanting to become authorised. Being held in Manchester on December 17, the presentation is one of a series of events aiming to help firms identify the standards they need to meet in order to gain authorisation.

The seminar also gives delegates a chance to discuss with the IFS changes to training and compliance and the new regulatory advice programme. Further details can be obtained at


Pensions edge

Not so long ago, to compare the relative merits of Sipps and stakeholder would be like arguing over which would win in a fight between a polar bear and a crocodile – it is intellectually stimulating if you are drunk but otherwise fairly pointless because they live in totally different worlds (besides, the crocodile is […]

ABI appoints new head of life and pensions

The ABI has appointed a new head of life and pensions following Alan Woods&#39 return to the DWP after his period of secondment. Woods will be replaced by Chris Kenny who is currently the director of compliance at Oftel. Before this he worked for the Department of Health and HM Treasury. Kenny will start his […]


Do you support FSA plans to levy regulatory fees on IFAs based on turnover rather than the current system of number of RIs? “It depends on the figure, if it&#39s cheaper then I would support it.” Eric Rushton,Powsney & Co“In principle, I do support it but it depends on the structure and how it will […]

&#39Reviewable rates may lead to unfair contract claims&#39

The Financial Ombudsman Service is telling insurers to tread carefully on reviewable rate products such as critical illness to ensure they do not breach the unfair contract rules. Principal ombudsman Tony Boorman says he has raised the issue to generate debate but the FOS has no official policy in the area and has not received […]

Neptune India: three stocks we’re buying & the one we’re not

By Kunal Desai, Head of Indian Equities The Neptune India Fund’s investment process serves as a key differentiating feature of the portfolio versus its peers, contributing to its significant outperformance under Manager Kunal Desai’s tenure. Focusing on industry disruption, accounting quality, liquidity and corporate governance, Kunal sets out three stocks that he’s buying in the […]


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