Rating agencies were the focus of the Treasury Select Committee’s inspection – or wrath some might say – this week as chairman John McFall told Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch Ratings that they had “failed hopelessly” in their role in the sub-prime crunch.
Three-quarters of consumers believe searching the whole market for products is a key role of IFAs and less than a third believe payment options have a bearing on independence, according to Aifa research.A YouGov survey found that only 17 per cent of consumers believe advisers should have an indefinite liability for advice, with 70 per […]
I praised him for his dogged determination at forcing the FSA to release the names of the 12 life companies found by the PIA, to have been engaged in “pre-contractual misrepresentations and in some cases a breach of contractual warranty”.
Jelf Employee Benefits has released a guide to help employers communicate the recent raft of pension legislation to staff. ‘Your Guide to Pension Freedom’ will help employers meet their duty of care in explaining the changes to employees and in turn will help employees take more control over their pensions and retirement decisions.
Rogue advisers have caused savers to lose hundreds of thousands of pounds after being abandoned to a “Wild West” of pension rules, according to a Sunday Times report. Its report shows how some advisers have exploited the outdated laws and loopholes to lure unassuming investors into high-risk products, leaving them unprotected when dodgy bets have gone […]
Fund manager Miton has surpassed £4.5bn in assets under management as it records profit and revenue growth for the first six months of the year. In the same period the previous year, Miton reported £3.3bn AUM. At the end of August, AUM had risen to £4.8bn. Miton reported profit before tax for the six months […]
IFA consolidator AFH has bought the client bank of Salisbury-based firm Emery Little for a maximum price of £1.6m After the deal, Derek Gibbons will join AFH as an adviser while Brian Little will retire with his clients moving to AFH. AFH will initially pay £870,000 with the remaining sum paid over 26 months, subject […]