Summer may have been fairly miserable but there has been a golden ray of sunshine for every IFA firm since the FSA board met in July and approved proposals to reform the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. It is also good news for consumers who will benefit from a scheme, now given a new lease of life, which will offer some financial recompense when no one else can. The FSCS is a vital regulatory safety net which helps maintain consumer confidence in our industry.
A former executive of a British-based engineering and transport group has been convicted in South Africa of defrauding the company’s pension fund.Rowland Bailey pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and money laundering when he appeared before the Johannesburg commercial crimes court last week and his wife, Shirley, admitted money laundering charges.The court was told that […]
Unity Homeloans will continue to be funded by Investec when it relaunches its sub-prime product range. Unity chief executive Paul Thomas, who has been seconded from Investec as a replacement to former ceo Ian Nelson, says the firm is working on its next securitisation issue and new range of products.
Survey reveals three-fifths of people with potential inheritance tax bill unaware their estate may be liable for IHT Over half don’t know that IHT rate is charged at 40 per cent Record HMRC tax receipts show that families are losing out due to lack of knowledge 78 per cent believe wealth should stay in the hands of […]
Advice giant St James’s Place will block access to its investment platform for 10 days while it migrates services to a new provider. SJP tells Money Marketing that the work will affect online service ability for clients between 19 October and 29 October. A spokesman says: “SJP will carry out essential maintenance to our systems as part […]
This summer saw the S&P 500 rule headlines for enjoying the longest-running bull market in history. Yet, as per the old adage, what goes up inevitably comes down, and it is the job of advisers to manage clients’ portfolios accordingly – either directly or via the third-party investment services they use. A crude assumption might […]
There is currently no minimum qualification level, but the majority of advisers think this needs to change The role of the paraplanner is a relatively new one and its definition and responsibilities can differ hugely between firms. According to the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, the role can be broken down into four key […]