Home information packs took one more step to becoming a reality as industry bodies agreed with the ODPM on a dry run, to be carried out next year. Approval has also been given to the diploma in home inspection. The partnership is also look- ing at a not-for-profit certification scheme to oversee the standards of operating Hips.
Investment firm Shepherds (Financial) Limited, which ran an offshore viatical fund which invested 26m in collapsed American life office MBC, is holding a creditors meeting on August 9 to consider the appointment of a liquidator.
It is too late to backtrack on pensions simplification as IFAs are already reviewing client portfolios ahead of next April, says Winterthur Life. Pensions strategy manager Mike Morrison was res-ponding to press reports calling for the Treasury to omit certain features of the new regime, such as allowing residential property in a Sipp, at the […]
The financial services’ rock hall of fame rolls out further with the news that Scottish Widows’ Robert Wyllie and his band were on the same record label as navel-gazing nihilists Joy Division. Diary hears Rob was drummer in “influential” new wave outfit The Thursdays, garnering a supporting spot on a tour with Level 42, playing […]
Seven out of 10 parents are opting for a cash-based child trust fund account, says the Building Societies Association. Of the 50,000 CTF accounts that were opened during June, 31,000 were cash as opposed to the stakeholder option. Of the 270,000 CTF accounts that have been opened to date, over 70 per cent of these […]
Royal London is pleased to support the petition calling for a ban on cold-calling for pension and investment products. The petition, launched by IFA Darren Cooke of Red Circle Financial Planning and hosted on the Parliamentary website, calls on the Government to ban cold-calling for pensions and investment products. A similar ban is already in force […]
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The Government should make it easier for advisers to sell products that blend income drawdown with insurance to meet future care costs, according to former pensions minister Steve Webb. A paper published today by Royal London calls on the Government to introduce policy changes which allow new products to be created that pay for long-term […]
Independent governance committees at big-name pension providers are failing to safeguard the interests of savers and the FCA must take action, fresh research finds. In 2015, the FCA required contract-based pension providers to appoint IGCs to act as champions of savers’ interests. IGCs are required to publish annual reports to increase transparency and encourage comparison […]
The FCA is reviewing the content of its pension transfer specialist examination standard in light of recent issues with pension transfer advice, Money Marketing understands. The regulator does not offer qualifications but it does have a role in setting standards for exams and publishes “appropriate examination standards” guidance. Money Marketing understands a working group, mostly […]