FSA managing director Hector Sants says the cost of implementing the EU Mifid directive will only be worthwhile if firms exploit the opportunities provided by the directive such as cross-border trade.
It seems that the IFA Defence Union lawyer Andrew Kerr is a man of many talents. His company, England’s Safety Equipment, has just been awarded the Queen’s Award for innovation for inventing the inflatable body armour system. The IBAS, pictured left with Kerr, can apparently withstand armour-piercing fire from an AK47, prevent a soldier from […]
Actuarial and pension specialists Wolanski & Co and CheckleyFisher have merged to create Wolanski CheckleyFisher. Both firms specialise in corporate pensions and the combined firm will create a new player in the actuarial market, made up of seven fully-qualified owner-manager actuaries.
Skandia’s strategy for attracting and retaining the best people
Aaarrggggh. Yet more technical papers that must be read. I don’t know about you but my pile of reading is nearly reaching the ceiling.
Many commentators have suggested that the UK’s exit from the European Union will trigger a domino effect, leading to its eventual break-up. Neptune’s Rob Burnett discusses the likelihood of this happening. Read more: Important information Investment risks Neptune funds may have a high historic volatility rating and past performance is not a guide for future […]
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