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FSA’s annual financial outlook says firms must take heed

The FSA is urging customers to make long-term financial plans and warning firms to keep a close eye on their marketing material.

In its annual financial outlook the FSA has highlighted the complexity of some products and the volume of international rules as risks to the financial environment this year.


Batten regroups Network 300 board to end wrangle

Network 300 director Chris Batten has extended an olive branch to ex-members in the wrangle over commission. Batten has pulled together the old Group 300 board – except for Gary Blair – to finalise a peace summit with ex-Network 300 members in an attempt to bring an end to the dispute over commission owed. Ex-finance […]

Standard enhances extranet

Standard Life is introducing an enhanced extranet service for the whole adviser community as well as its registered users.

Investment view

Last year’s big – and pleasant – surprise was the resilience of the bond market, says Brian Tora.

The wrong place at the wrong time

What was supposed to be one of the highlights of the year ended with a lonely night in a West Country hotel for Cazenove’s Robin Minter-Kemp. Robin had arranged to meet other anglers for a dinner but,running late, rang to confirm the venue. “The Flyfisherman’s Club in Brook Street, near the American Embassy?” he asked. […]

The curse of long-term cash

Trevor Greetham, Head of Multi Asset at Royal London Asset Management, reveals why clients should be seriously concerned when short-term holdings of cash turn into a long-term investment. There is nothing wrong with holding wealth in the form of cash on a short-term basis. For many people capital stability is important and access to ready cash […]


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