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Cob handbook to take Mifid style

Mifid will result in legalistic and prescriptive rules, despite the FSA’s bid for a more principles based and simplified Cob handbook. This is because the FSA says it will attempt to use Mifid language in the new handbook, published next year, to avoid gold plating.

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Matthews says wrap will build secure foundation

Standard Life life & pensions chief executive Trevor Matthews believes the development of the wrap market could solve the problem of client retention which is plaguing the life and pension industry . Speaking last week in London at the Institute of Economic Affairs’ conference, entitled, The Future of Life Assurance, Matthews warned the industry that […]

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Auto enrolment – so far so good?

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