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Aifa appoints PR and marketing chief

Aifa has appointed Tracy Elwick as its new director of public relations and marketing responsible for enhancing the profile and reputation of the trade body across the industry.

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FSA assurances on platforms

Platforms are potentially a good thing for financial planning businesses but there are some risks that need to be monitored, the FSA has told the IFP.Spokesman for the retail policy division Rory Percival spoke at the IFP conference in Manchester last week and reassured advisers that the regulator understands the benefits of platforms and how […]

After eight

Barclays has introduced an income investment paying 8 per cent a year over a five-year period or up to 55 per cent growth. The income investment is ideal for those with equity Isas nearing retirement who do not wish to take much risk.

The generation game

Paul Wright, investment management director for Zurich, considers the changing face of inheritance tax and says advisers should view estate planning as one of their priority areas for clients

US loan growth is not painting a pretty picture for the US economy

Written by Mike Riddell One of the current big debates in global financial markets is whether investors should believe ‘hard’ rather than ‘soft’ data, where the usually reliable business and consumer surveys have been suggesting strengthening in global growth momentum for some time now, while the economic data that feeds through into the Gross Domestic […]

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