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Adviser goes for net gains

Premiership hotshot striker Niall Quinn (centre) is used to seeing the

back of the net bulge.

But IFA Paul Barber (right) of Thompson&#39s Independent Financial Planning

Consultants helps Quinn and his Sunder-land manager Peter Reid (left) keep

their bank balances bul-ging as well.

Barber says: “The football clubs of today are very serious about their

players taking good financial advice. They have too often seen fortunes

squandered and players plummeting from super-rich to financially challenged

following retirement or injury and that is something we want to help



Synaptic signs up as sponsor for IFP

The Institute of Financial Planning has won further sponsorship.The latest business to back the examination body is product researchinformation provider Synaptic Systems.This sponsorship is intended to help increase the institute&#39s membershipand promote awareness of the finan- cial planning profession.Synaptic will be supporting marketing and special project initiatives,including development of the IFP&#39s website. It will also […]

Darling claiming pension consensus

Social Security Secretary Alistair Darling has told Money Marketing thatthe Government&#39s pension policy “reflects a consensus”.He was responding to criticism from National Association of Pensions Fundchairman Alan Pickering. Pickering told the NAPF annual conference inGlasgow that the political parties were engaged in point scoring overpension policy at the expense of the wider community. He urged […]

A Window of opportunity

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been looking at issues affectingboth IFAs and the industry in general concerning development of financialservices portals.This has covered both IFAs&#39 needs to develop their own online presence tocommunicate with clients and consumers generally and the industry&#39sapproach to business- to-business portals.A few weeks ago, AssureSoft announced its IFA […]

All disquiet on the Hill Samuel front

As Hill Samuel&#39s star fund managers jump ship, thecredibility of thecompany is being undermined.Despite an insistence from headquarters that at least 20 or 30 fundmanagers will make the move from Lon-don to Edinburgh in next month&#39smerger with Scot-tish Widows, insiders have hinted that there may be nomore than 10.But Scottish Widows head of corporate communications […]

Life cover for life

Jennifer Gilchrist Proposition Lead – Design, Royal London When someone mentions whole of life plans, most people will think of a niche product that serves as an inheritance tax planning tool for high-net-worth clients. And it’s really not surprising they’ve been pigeonholed in that way because before the arrival of RDR in 2013, that’s more […]


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