Examples of Barclays’ advisers placing a number of risk-averse customers nearing retirement in a single specialist fund, resulting in huge losses, have done little to alter IFAs’ impression of bank advice.
The most recent rebalancing of the Adviser Fund Index was in November 2008 in the wake of market collapse following the Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy. Six months on, the AFI is due to be rebalanced again in May as markets tentatively start to rise.
Well, it’s been lovely to see a little bit of sunshine, even if it was only a brief appearance. I live in Scotland so, believe me, it was very brief. Of course, with even the tiniest hint of spring, thoughts turn to the inevitable clearout that must take place. And that got me to thinking […]
The pensions dashboard: now there is a good idea, surely? Well, actually no, it is not. To be fair, it sounds like a good idea – a one stop shop where you can see all your various pensions in one place, neat and tidy, lovely and shiny. But there are some problems – quite a […]
When I first started flicking through career guides and thinking about what path to take, I wanted to make sure my job gave me flexibility, the ability to travel and the opportunity to meet people. After researching it, I realised a career in financial planning could tick all these boxes and, so far, my experience […]
The FCA has published the findings of its review into how non-deposit taking mortgage lenders and mortgage third-party administrators handle complaints, concluding that some approaches are “inflexible”. The regulator wanted to see if the processes involved in handling complaints posed a risk to customers, and, in some areas, found room for improvement. While the FCA […]