The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee voted last week to maintain the base rate at 5.75 per cent. This week, the Bank publishes its inflation report which will influence the direction of any rate move at its next meeting.
Friends Provident says it goes beyond ombudsman guidelines on paying out on critical-illness insurance claims where there has been non-disclosure.It says it now pays a proportion of the claim even when a client may have been reckless in their non-disclosure.The company said last month it would pay a proportion of all unrelated non-disclosure claims but […]
Artemis Investment Management has confirmed that Lady Gabriella Windsor and Will Greenwood MBE will participate in Skandia Cowes Week’s Artemis Challenge on Tuesday. The inaugural charity race has attracted a blend of royalty and rugby for the 50-mile sprint around the Isle of Wight in a fleet of Open 60s, the Formula One yachts of […]
The nonsense being spouted by Tim Eadon cannot go unchallenged. The PFS needs to adopt an honest, descriptive title for chartered members before it can begin to be taken seriously and gain respect. The title chartered financial planner is a misnomer for many holding it. There is nothing in the syllabus which calls upon an […]
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 waybecause before the arrival of RDR in 2013, that’s more or less exactly what they were. For advisers thinking […]
Many advisers believe their availability to spend time with clients is the primary factor in them determining the value of the service they pay for, research shows. A survey conducted by consultancy Adviser Home found more than 80 per cent of advisers ranked ‘confidence and trust that we are available when needed’ as ‘very important.’ […]
By the end of this month, either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will take up residence behind the world’s most famous black door. The race to succeed Theresa May gets more interesting by the day. And if it were supposed to be a virtual coronation for Boris, then someone should have told Jeremy Hunt, who […]
Technology is playing an ever bigger role in the day-to-day running of advice firms and provides a way for firms to position their businesses for the future. How are advisers using technology and what pieces of software can they not do without?