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 […]
Former home secretary Amber Rudd is set to return to the cabinet as work and pensions secretary, according to reports. The appointment follows the departure of Esther McVey yesterday over her refusal to back the government’s draft Brexit deal. According to reports, Rudd, a remainer, was offered the job after environment secretary Michael Gove spent […]
The FCA has written to all former clients of Avacade Limited, an unregulated pension introducer, to inform them about its legal action against the firm and its directors. In November 2017 the FCA said it would start civil proceedings against Avacade Limited, now in liquidation, and its three directors Craig Lummis, Lee Lummis and Raymond […]
As new disclosure rules bring the full extent of protection commissions into the spotlight, experts are asking if this will see clients ditch their advisers in favour of execution-only services. Under the Insurance Distribution Directive, from 1 October advisers have had to provide clients with information before a product sale about any commission received, which […]