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Advisers are not convinced about generic advice, says

Only 16 per cent of advisers say a generic advice system will improve the take-up of savings products, according to research by

The results show that 24 per cent of IFAs believe a generic advice model will lead to a decline in the take-up of savings products and 61 per cent think it will have no impact. says that IFAs also welcome the apparent FSA u-turn on linking the word independent to remuneration methods, rather than to whole of market advice.

Unbiased adds that IFAs are in favour of increasing the level of qualifications amongst their profession, with 74 per cent stating that it is important to hold incremental qualifications over and above the current benchmark. chief executive David Elms says: “We have seen a multitude of different views and opinions on the future shape of the UK financial advice market over the last six months.

“Looking forward, the debate needs to focus on the nitty gritty of creating transparent payment options for consumers that apply on a level playing basis across all distribution types.”


High loaders defend commission position

Leading pension providers have condemned rival life offices that still pay hefty initial commission on group personal pensions, claiming it is unprofitable and unsustainable.

Cream of the crop

I have not read the Jools Holland autobiography although I did buy it for my wife. However, I have never been that impressed by his music. George Farnan TTR Barnes Sunderland

Watson Wyatt warning over revision of mortality assumptions

Watson Wyatt is warning against the dangers of trustees following The Pensions Regulator’s revised mortality assumptions saying it will not guarantee all risks are covered. The Pensions Regulator said this week that it intends to consult on the introduction of a new trigger for pension scheme valuations based on mortality assumptions. Watson Wyatt senior consultant […]

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Jupiter is a pedigree brand in the investment fund marketplace so itsIndia fund launch hasto be considered.Funds investing in the Indian stockmarket are few and those that do existhave short track records.The Jupiter manager – Avinash Vazirani – is nota known name.The assumptions behind the fund seem sound – India’s economy is maturing, the middle […]

Japan: the Land of the Rising Dividends

By George Boyd-Bowman, Fund Manager at Neptune Many Western investors have long bemoaned the lack of a true dividend culture in Japan, claiming the corporate culture is not tilted in favour of shareholders. Yet today, in the Land of the Rising Sun, we see a fresh impetus to focus on shareholder returns, which is leading […]


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