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Ex-DBS chief Ansell joins Prestbury

Former DBS chief executive Nick Ansell has joined non-regulated financial services firm Prestbury Holding as strategic development director. Ansell, who stepped down from DBS following parent Misys IFA services&#39 integration of the firm into a single management and support structure in August 2002, will focus on the development of Prestbury&#39s IFA arm and new business development. Ansell, 43, co-founded IFA Network and has been a member of the Aifa council and the FSA Training Advisory Panel.


Growing concern over pensions

I have heard that the FSA has fined an IFA for promoting early encashment of pensions. Does this mean that I am betterleaving my pension account intact until a later age rather than take benefits now? Your pensions are personal pensions and, certainly, in days gone by, it was taken as read that pension funds […]

Hartlepool leads housing hotspots

The UK&#39s top 10 property hotspots over the last 12 months are all outside the South, with places such as Hartlepool, Darlington and Swansea topping the rises. Hartlepool recorded the biggest price increase, up by 59 per cent, followed by Darlington at 58 per cent, Swansea at 55 per cent and Blackburn, 51 per cent. […]

Walker, Crips, Weddle, Beck – CF Walker Crips UK Growth Fund

Type: Unit trust Aim: Growth by investing in UK equities Minimum investment: Lump sum £1,000 Investment split: 100% in UK equities Isa link: Yes Pep transfers: Yes Yield: 5.3% Charges: Initial 5%, annual 1.5% Commission: Initial 3%, renewal 0.5% Tel:020 7253 7502

B&CE aims to build on stakeholder

Employee benefits and stakeholder pension provider B&CE is aiming to increase presentations to employees. The firm&#39s research shows that 82 per cent of construction employers support the idea of more pension presentations to persuade individuals to increase contributions to the industry&#39s EasyBuild stakeholder scheme. The B&CE scheme is the UK&#39s most popular stakeholder scheme, with […]

Greece: the sideshow continues

Artemis managers James Foster, Mark Page and Laurent Millet comment on the Greek deal, describing it as “just another fudge” getting in the way of bigger developments in China, the UK and the US. To read the full article click here.


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