A US hedge fund has revealed that its main acquisition target is now distressed, under-valued mortgage debt.
At a time when the number of purely acquisitive IFA businesses appears to be increasing, it brings up an important question for every adviser to consider – who owns a client?
Raising minimum qualification requirements for the sales advice channel to QCA level four will not provide a good source of recruits to the advice sector, says Money Portal head of distribution strategy Alan Easter.
The RDR merry-go-round keeps turning. Off come basic advice and the sole options of sales or independent advice, and on jump “sales advice” and “guided sales”.
Paul Fidell, Head of Business Development (Investments), writes about one of the primary challenges for those involved in estate planning. He looks at dealing with investment uncertainty in these low growth, low inflation but still volatile investment conditions. Protection of capital, to leave something for beneficiaries, is a fundamental objective of many people’s plans for […]
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