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Burns-Anderson extends support to non-members

Burns-Anderson Direct is to offer its support services to the wider IFA market.

The services include regulatory support, quotations, enhanced commission and a helpdesk. A roadshow is planned for IFAs to find out more about the service in June and July in 12 locations.

Chief executive Mike Hughes says: “IFAs directly authorised by the FSA are con- cerned about the increasing burden of red tape. The key is being able to separate the wheat from the chaff and how best to channel resources and having the confidence to make the right decisions. This means having the professional support to guide you through regulation-speak and making it fit the way you do business.”


Sounds all right on taper

You will recall (I hope) that last week I was looking at the subject of capital gains tax business assets taper relief in connection with corporate investment.

Standard defends platform choice

Standard Life has rebutted suggestions that it spurned its Sigma platform after it chose Fidelity’s Funds-Network as an alternative platform for its Sipp.

Pensions regulator sets out dispute code

The Pensions Regulator has published its draft code of practice on dispute resolution procedures for schemes. Consultation runs until May 13 with the final code due in September. Key points include giving scheme trustees and managers greater flexibility when designing a schemes dispute resolution process and ensuring claims are dealt with swiftly.


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