At last, progress appears to have been made. The FSA is now looking at a pragmatic solution to the QCA level 4 dilemma. Time is being spent evaluating the core functions of the role of an adviser and ensuring that there are appropriate qualifications to meet these standards.
A recent report from Barclays Stockbrokers shows that investors trading in exchange traded funds increased by 162 per cent from October to December 2008, compared with the previous three months.The number of accounts holding ETFs increased by nearly a quarter (23 per cent) and today half of investors hold ETFs within stocks and shares IsasThis is an extraordinary growth story, particularly as it has been achieved in the face of growing economic uncertainty and equity market declines. However, within this trend is a subplot of its own that most investors do not appreciate – the growth of exchange traded notes. ETFs remain the dominant share class with an asset value of £430bn but ETNs now account for £4bn of this and the number is increasing.
We British are known for our stiff upper lip and just getting on with things. It’s part of our quirky cultural behaviour – like forming orderly queues, or saying sorry when it’s not our fault. Many of us just aren’t that great at talking about what’s bothering us. But if someone feels that the stresses […]
O&M Pension Solutions has changed its systems ahead of an October deadline to help advisers meet new regulations around transfer value analysis reports. From 1 October, the FCA’s new rules mean transfer value analysis reports will be replaced by a combination of a “transfer value comparator” and an “appropriate pension transfer analysis” The transfer value comparator is […]
deVere Group’s subsidiary UK Workplace Solutions has had regulatory approval to acquire WPS Advisory, which used to trade as Priscum Direct. UK Workplace Solutions was granted the approval notice from the FCA and will merge WPS under its own brand. deVere Group chief executive Nigel Green says WPS Advisory will focus on people facing “tough […]
If you agree with the premise that funds with high charges generally underperform those with low charges, then you must also agree a portfolio that accrues high costs will generally underperform one with lower costs. And if you accept this, the obvious conclusion is to hack away anything that increases that cost. Switching from higher-priced […]