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Consumers&#39 Association warns of flawed and dangerous strategy

The Consumers&#39 Association warns that the FSA proposal to reduce consumer protection will invite mis-selling and destroy consumer confidence in saving for the future.

CA warns that selling stakeholder products through a basic advice process is a flawed and dangerous strategy.

CA principal policy advisor Mick McAteer says: “The FSA seems to have chosen to address the long-term savings crisis with an approach that rewards an inefficient industry by stripping it of any responsibility for its actions.”


MLP launches training centre for graduates

MLP Private Finance plc, part of MLP Group is launching an IFA training academy on July 19 aiming to get more graduates into the sector. In addition, MLP Private Finance has introduced an enhanced Continuous Professional Development programme in which all staff throughout the UK will participate. MLP managing director Frank Mesterharm says: “There is […]

Volatile substance

In my last article, I examined investment risk, the difference between average rates of return and volatility and, last, risk and reward. In this, my second of three articles on planning a portfolio, I will look specifically at standard deviations, including the use of more than one standard deviation, preferred investment strategy and devising investment […]

Fears over accuracy of early redemption charges

Concerns have been raised by sourcing systems about the accuracy of early redemption charges included in key features illustrations. Tolerance is not permitted in relation to calculations of early repayment charges which the FSA expects to be penny-perfect. Lenders have been acc-used by the FSA of being “self-defeatist” for not providing detailed technical information enabling […]

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