Over 61 per cent of mortgage brokers expect the RDR to apply eventually to the mortgage intermediary market, according to research by Alliance & Leicester.
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 […]
The founder of True Potential postponed retirement plans to set up a company which aims to deliver an electronic platform which IFAs can use to run their whole business. Interview by Gregor Watt
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 […]
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BMO Global Asset Management fund manager Robert Burdett has more than halved the exposure to passive funds in most of the multi-manager funds amid fears of a bubble in the market. Burdett, who co-manages the £1.2bn F&C MM Navigator Distribution fund with Gary Potter, says the team has been cutting exposure to passive funds across […]
Opinion differs as to what has caused the advice gap. Some believe the move from commission to fees has made advice unaffordable for the mass market, with advisers having to focus on wealthier clients for commercial reasons, while others say the trend was happening anyway, regardless of the RDR. For Simplified Money director Lesley James, […]
Sales of protection policies are back at peak levels, with the sector growing by more than 20 per cent in the past year, despite adviser complaints over protection’s lack of popularity. According to the latest figures from Equifax Touchstone, sales of protection policies surpassed £149m between July and September this year — their highest level […]