Regulation of claim management companies will start on April 23. It will become an offence to provide claim management services without authorisation or exemption.
James Hay has restructured its IFA broker operations, with Shaun Sandiford and Damien Conway taking over the South and North respectively in a move that sees the former role of Stefano del Federico, who resigned this month, split into two.
Aegon Asset Management is revamping its image to boost brand awareness as a follow up to the wider rebranding of the Aegon group last August.The rebranding and advertising campaign launched by the Aegon group last year aimed to give more prominence to Scottish Equitable’s parent company Aegon as many consumers appeared unaware that the two […]
Standard Life has come under fire from advisers who feel they are being undermined because the firm is sending their clients information on with-profits directly.But Standard is defending its position, saying it told advisers last December that it would be sending a letter of declaration and two new brochures to clients about the benefits of […]
The FSA will focus on sub-prime and lifetime loans in the second stage of its mortgage effectiveness review.The regulator says it is concentrating on specialised areas where the risk of consumer detriment may be high.It will also look at whether consumers are taking out suitable, good value mortgages and are treated fairly over the life […]
By Douglas Turnbull, Head of Chinese Equities at Neptune Following recent stimulus efforts from Beijing, Neptune’s Douglas Turnbull examines how the government’s long-term reform agenda can be balanced with supporting growth and addressing structural challenges, and the investment opportunities arising from this.Click here to read more Important information: Investment Risks Neptune funds may have a […]
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A long‑term strategy for the asset management industry will be published by the Government, it was announced in today’s Budget. The Investment Management Strategy 2 will ensure the industry “continues to thrive and deliver the best possible outcomes for investors and the UK economy,” the Autumn Budget policy paper says. The Government will work closely […]
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