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Buckinghamshire IFA wins award

Buckinghamshire IFA Wills & Trusts Financial Planning won the title of &#39team of the year&#39 at the Aylesbury Business Awards earlier this month.

Judges also awarded the IFA the &#39performance through people&#39 runners up award for the outstanding level of service that the company delivers to its clients and the high levels of growth that it has achieved over the past 18 months.


Housing fear over &#39Fulham yuppies&#39

FSA chairman Howard Davies has admitted that the regulator is concerned about “Fulham yuppies” – borrowers taking out loans with increasingly higher income multiples and smaller deposits.Davies&#39 comments came under questioning from the select committee about the FSA&#39s plans for mortgage regulation and whether he had any concerns about overheating in the housing market.He told […]

Household name set to crash soon, says FSA&#39s Kenmir

A “household name” financial firm will fail in the next year or two, according to FSA head of investment firms David Kenmir.His comments came at the Eye to Eye conference held at Gleneagles golf course and conference centre in Scotland.Responding to questions on Equitable Life, Kenmir is reported to have told a packed room of […]

Merrill Lynch searches for growth

Merrill Lynch Investment Management has established the MKIF European growth fund, a Luxemburg-based Sicav which invests in European large and mid-caps.Olivier Rudigoz, who has 14 years&#39 experience of managing European funds, will run this fund. He started his investment management career as part of the European equities team at Baribas Asset Management in France. He […]

Ring takes over at Unum Provident

Unum Provident operations director Susan Ring is to succeed Lawrence Churchill as chairwoman and managing director of the disability specialist after he was headhunted by Zurich Financial Services. She will take immediate control at the UK arm of the US giant, which is best known in the UK for its group and individual income protection […]

The Downsizing Delusion: Why relying exclusively on your home to fund your retirement may end in tears

By Steve Webb, director of policy The British obsession with homeownership can have dangerous consequences. A recent survey by Barings¹ found that up to three million people of working age were planning to rely wholly on the value of their home to fund their retirement. We are not talking about people investing in buy-to-let or […]


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