It seems that the IFA Defence Union lawyer Andrew Kerr is a man of many talents. His company, England’s Safety Equipment, has just been awarded the Queen’s Award for innovation for inventing the inflatable body armour system. The IBAS, pictured left with Kerr, can apparently withstand armour-piercing fire from an AK47, prevent a soldier from drowning and, of course, is completely FSA and FOS proof.
Questionable and somewhat arbitrary behaviour of lenders means one regulator should cover secured loans’
Skandia Investment Management is set to launch a global best ideas fund this summer. It will aim to take the 10 best ideas from 10 of the world’s top managers and put them in a single fund.
SimplyBiz and wrap provider Lifetime have formed a strategic partnership, with the aim of removing much of the complexity facing advisers and clients.
The FSA’s treating customers fairly regime poses a danger to the professional indemnity insurance market, says Whitechurch chief executive Kean Seager. He says the principle-based regulation allows the FSA to make retrospective judgements and leaves firms in the dark about what is expected of them. Seager says PI providers are already complaining about the danger […]
These days, with comparison sites and price competition, it can be hard to see what sets some policies apart. By recommending cover that offers more than a financial payout, you could be giving your clients more than they expect. We know it’s important to do things differently. That’s why all our protection plans available through […]
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Cofunds’ advised clients will move to the new Aegon platform over the first May Bank Holiday, with the new platform expected to be up and running by 8 May, Aegon has confirmed. Aegon completed the first stage of moving Cofunds customers onto its new combined platform in December, transferring 79,000 non-advised investor portfolio service customers […]
Columbia Threadneedle Investments is calling for auto-enrolment into drawdown funds for people nearing retirement. According to research by the asset manager, people planning their retirement are confused about how they will convert their pensions savings into income, how much they might need in retirement and how long their savings might last. The firm said that […]
Unintended consequences of the pension reforms could further affect access to advice, ultimately derailing consumer freedom and choice. There is already evidence professional indemnity insurers are beginning to withdraw cover or harden terms for advisers associated with defined benefit transfers. But this is not a failure of PII. It is a more fundamental system failure, […]