Britannia is launching a new three-year fixed rate for first-time buyers offering 4.99 per cent initially.The product charges no administration fee, no arrangement fee and will provide a free first standard valuation, saving FTBs 600 in upfront fees.Britannia managing director of member business Tim Franklin says: It is hard enough for first time buyers to […]
Origen chief executive Gareth Marr has resigned from the Aegon-owned IFA firm after recent health problems. The move comes as Origen confirms it will be integrating the Positive Solutions’ platform into its business. Marr has been in financial services for 30 years and will remain with the firm in the short term on a consultancy […]
Financial Express has set up its own fund rating service, Crown Ratings. It uses a blend of quantitative and qualitative analytical screens, including measuring a portfolio’s volatility, consistency and returns against its benchmark.
The FCA is confident in the future of the advice industry but will need further feedback as it sets about reviewing the success of the RDR and the effectiveness of the Financial Advice Markets Review. Speaking at an Adviser Home/Octopus Investments event this week, the regulator’s head of customer distribution policy Alex Roy said the […]
What are the hallmarks of a true profession? A robust qualifications framework? A rigorous code of conduct? A genuine commitment to continuing development? These are undoubtedly noble indicators, but I would throw one more into the mix: an attitude that welcomes criticism in order to better itself. A profession does not surround itself with yes […]