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Framework for FSA gets go-ahead

The legislation that will give the FSA its legal basis finally concluded

its tortuous path through Parliament this week when an Opposition attempt

to amend it was narrowly defeated in the Lords.

The Government won the vote over the independence of the takeover panel by

188-182. The amendment had been carried in the Lords two weeks ago but the

Government used its massive majority in the Commons to reverse the vote.

The Bill has taken two years to get this far, with over 1,700 amendments.

It could get royal assent this week but it will still be necessary to

write the volumes of secondary legislation required to put the framework

into practice.


Independent View

While the regulators continue to deluge the financial services industrywith new rules and compliance procedures, the Government remains virtuallysilent on doing anything about the abuses that continue to go on in theresidential property market.We have all suffered. Mystery bids that appear from nowhere just as youare about to exchange contracts, forcing you to increase your […]

IFA National creates holding company

IFA National Inter-Alliance has created a holding company which will act as the umbrella group for its interests in the UK and internationally. Up until now, Inter-Alliance has been both the parent company and the IFA firm. The move is an attempt to clear up the internal operations of the company. The holding company, Inter-Alliance […]

IFAs missing out on term sales

IFAs are losing out on valuable business opportunities by not consideringterm insurance for their clients, according to figures from Swiss Re Life &Health.The company&#39s research shows that direct salesforces sell nearly twice asmuch individual term insurance as their IFA rivals, with DSFs accountingfor 61 per cent of all sales compared with just 32 per cent […]

Web and flow of business

Anyone who has watched the world equity markets over the last few monthscannot have failed to miss the spectacular collapse of internet stocks.Many who have suffered have been the so-called B2C (business to consumer)services.Suddenly, the analysts who are supposed to know about such things havedecided that B2B (business to business) services are a far more […]

Europe: Volatile share prices create opportunities for long-term investors

Mark Page and Laurent Millet, managers of the Artemis European Opportunities Fund, look at why, how and where fluctuations in European markets can generate opportunities for their fund. When asked what the stock market would do next, John Pierpont Morgan is reported to have replied that “it will fluctuate”. His (apocryphal) answer proved accurate. Over […]


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