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FSA accused of overdoing things with its six-step financial detox

The earlier steps recommend the use of the regulator&#39s own tools such as comparative tables and guides.

FSA spokeswoman Kate Bristowe says: “What we are offering is generic information designed to make a financial adviser&#39s job easier.

“It is to help consumers do their homework and to understand in principle what products they want before getting specific investment advice.”


FSA poised to tear polarisation apart with fundamental change

The FSA is set to cut the heart out of polarisation, with Aifa director general Paul Smee admitting that radical change is on its way.The changes, which are expected to be announced next week, may even go as far as removing all distinctions between advisers, with tied, IFAs or multi-tied, called the same, claims one […]

Swip to launch property investment trust

Scottish Widows Investment Partnership is to launch a new property fund next month, offering investors a gross yield of 7 per cent a year.The UK Balanced Property Trust Limited will be an investment trust listed on the London stock exchange. The offer period is set to open on February 11, with dealing commencing on March […]

Investment view

I hate this time of year. It is not just that it is cold, generally overcast and the are roads treacherous as often as not but we are also expected to polish our crystal balls and gaze into the future. This is never an easy task. Trying to predict the outcome for 2002 will be […]

Talkback – Is the UK the place to invest this Isa season?

Is the UK the place to invest this Isa season?“If appropriate for the client, then, yes, I would say so.” Steve Davis, Prince and King Financial Services “It is part of our investment strategy but not our sole strategy. However, we would always spread an Isa investment further than just the UK.” Neal Greenslade, Investment […]


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