The PIA is demanding large IFAs that pose the greatest potential risk of Year 2000 failure provide details of their arrangements.These firms have been asked to complete a Year 2000 Completion Statement which has to be signed by a firm's senior executive officer, to confirm sufficient action has been taken to ensure business continues as […]
NatWest has hit out at the Bank of Scotland claiming it is avoiding key questions over the Edinburgh-based bank's £22bn hostile takeover bid.The beleaguered bank also says BoS's proposals do not stand up to examination and are characterised by rhetoric rather than detail.
Sales of life insurance, pensions and investment totaled £9.5bn in the third quarter of 1999, an increase of 20 per cent on 1998.Overall the value of life insurance policies sold rose 31 per cent to £6.5bn, while pension sales fell by 8 per cent to £1.3bn.Sales of Isas and Oeics were also up 8 per […]
Standard Life Bank is updating its existing IT systems for mortgages and savings in a move to penetrate new markets.The bank has signed a contract for £1,000,000 with Lynx Financial Systems, and intends to add to its portfolio of telephone banking products.
Since 2007, the sharp drop in interest rates has lifted the valuations of all assets, with the longest duration assets gaining the most. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has caused another flight to “safety”, with a series of record lows in bond yields and record highs in bond prices. With the German […]
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Another investment manager offering enterprise investment schemes has alerted clients of a 10 per cent drop in value for one of its portfolios following new Mifid rules. Mifid II, which came into force on 3 January, requires firms to notify clients when the overall value of their portfolio, relative to its value at the beginning of each reporting […]
The recent enquiry by the work and pensions select committee has reignited the debate about the future of collective defined contribution schemes. Whether these sort of schemes can be incorporated into the current UK pensions landscape is a moot point. Let’s consider some of the arguments for and against CDC. First of all, it is […]
Retirement interest-only mortgages are set to become more popular following the FCA removing hurdles to selling them. The regulator sees RIO mortgages as a possible aid to the waves of maturing interest-only loans with no repayment strategy. However, the FCA also wants RIO mortgages to be sold more widely, for example as an additional option […]