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FSA alleges investment scheme lying to investors

The FSA has obtained a high court ruling against Premier Property Plan, a commercial mortgage investment scheme, preventing them from continuing investment business.

The regulator alleges the company was operating an unauthorised Collective Investment Scheme without appropriate licensing and was making false or misleading statements to potential investors.

The move also freezes the company bank accounts pending a full investigation.


Pension strategist joins Zifa

Zurich IFA has appointed David Hodges as its new UK group international pensions marketing manager.Hodges joins from Eagle Star, where he held the position of pension sales manager.At Eagle Star, he was responsible for developing a sales and marketing strategy to promote UK and international pension products to more than 120 IFA consultants throughout southern […]

Davies set for grilling on endowment crisis

The Treasury select committee is planning to grill FSA chairman Howard Davies over the endowment crisis when he makes the second of his bi-annual appearances before it later this autumn.MPs of all three political parties say they will use Dav-ies&#39 appearance to ask questions about the endowment situation.The MPs confirmed their intentions to quiz Davies […]

Standard accused of pushing high-charging pensions

Rival life offices have slammed Standard Life for encouraging IFAs to sell higher-commission-paying individual and group pension plans ahead of the onset of stakeholder.They claim the move will cost existing members millions of pounds as Standard attempts to buy market share.The allegations come from senior life office representatives who believe Standard is encouraging IFAs to […]

Standard bearer

We will start this month&#39s article with congratulations to Standard Life. At one stroke, it has removed potential problems with existing policies by moving them to a mono-charge structure from April 2001.It is offering an annual management charge of 0.825 per cent (or 0.6 per cent if no commission is taken) for money from existing […]

A tough start for 2017 consensus trades

By Kacper Brzezniak Every year, starting around November, investment banks (and fund managers) begin to drip out their outlooks for currencies, rates, economies, you name it, for the following year. The consensus has been largely wrong for the past four or five years; those multiple rate hikes never came, the bond market is still alive […]


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