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FSA and Treasury respond to savings report

The FSA and the Treasury have responded to select committee recommendations to improve confidence in savings.
The Government has joined the select committee&#39s called for an industry led forum designed to tackle to the problems of consumer confidence.
And it has welcomed the commitment of the FSA and of product providers to come up with some workable solution to producing risk ratings for investments.
The reponses come after the Treasury select committee produced its report based on a number of sessions in which it grilled Which?, the FSA, chief executives of life companies and government ministers.


Independent view

Did you know that in the US you have to be an accredited investor to invest in a number of higher risk investments? These investments include: •private placements;•real estate syndication and limited partnerships;•pre-initial public offerings (IPOs);•sub-prime financing;•mergers and acquisitions;•loans for start-ups;•hedge funds. Under the Securities Act of 1933, an accredited investor is accepted as someone […]

Standard Sipp boasts tax-efficient dripfeed

Standard Life is offering a new self-invested personal pension for clients looking for greater control of their pension fund. It offers immediate basic-rate tax relief on contributions to maximise investment opportunities and is available as a single-charge version for customers invested entirely in its Sigma range of funds. The Sipp will provide access to direct […]

Platforms &#39a better solution for IFAs than multi-ties&#39

Legal & General chief executive David Prosser believes investment platforms are the way forward and will surpass multi-ties as the industry standard. He says platforms and multi-ties effectively have similar aims but the former are a much more efficient solution for the adviser market, providing a more practical and lower-cost investment solution. L&G has signed […]

Thinc throws lifeline to Network 300 members

Network 300 has been placed into administration, with multi-distribution platform Thinc acquiring the business for an undisclosed sum. Network 300 members attended a stormy meeting at London Heathrow&#39s Marriott Hotel this week, where they were offered a lifeline deal from Thinc. Thinc told advisers it would pay 30 per cent on pipeline business on top […]

Technology & Fear

By Ali Unwin, Chief Technology Officer & Manager of the Neptune Global Technology Fund Fear has always been a key ingredient for technological experimentation and adoption, and today is no different. But when and where are these fears justified? asks Ali Unwin, Chief Technology Officer and Manager of the Neptune Global Technology Fund  Click here […]


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