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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One of the men behind an illegal collective investment scheme has been sentenced to another year in prison after failing to pay his FCA-ordered compensation. Ross Peters was one of eight men convicted over their role in a land banking scheme. The group ran a Ucis operation through three companies which cold-called potential investors to […]
Aviva has apologised after a website issue left some advisers unable to submit applications on behalf of clients last week. Money Marketing understands online access was disrupted until at least 5:30pm last Friday. It is understood some advisers were unable to submit applications on behalf of clients, for example, life and critical illness cover applications. […]
Retail investors have stuck by Neil Woodford in 2017 despite several multi-managers pulling money from the star fund manager. The Woodford Equity Income fund was the second most popular with Bestinvest retail investors, although Fundsmith Equity was the “clear and decisive winner” when it came to inflows via the investment platform, says managing director Jason […]