Key Retirement Solutions has agreed to take equity release referrals from the GHL Group. Last week, the FSA called for advisers that do small amounts of business to pass leads to specialist firms or quit the market.
The FSA has publicly reprimanded a mortgage broker for failing customers. In the first such disciplinary case against a senior manager of a mortgage and general insurance broker, the regulator found Essential Mortgages Limited chief executive Steven Leslie Davis to have “fallen well below acceptable standards in the way that he carried out his duties […]
Private medical insurance should be renamed because it is too elitist, say protection experts Peter Le Beau and Andy Couchman. Couchman proposes to change the name of PMI to medical insurance or health insurance. He also proposes to rename long-term care insurance as care fees insurance and waiver of premium as premium skip but see […]
John Duffield says equity income is one of the most important asset classes for New Star and he has given fund manager Toby Thompson a vote of confidence despite recent underperformance. Thompson runs higher income, which is 48th of 72 funds over three years, returning 56.8 per cent compared with an average of 61 per […]
By Amanda Docherty, marketing manager More people than ever are living with critical illnesses like cancer. And this will only increase as the years go on. In fact, the number of people currently living with cancer is expected to grow from 2.8 million to at least 4 million by 2030*. Improving survival rates are, without […]
Advisers will not be eligible to become shareholders in AJ Bell when it floats unless they are a customer of a business, the platform has said. The business is preparing to list on the main market of the London Stock Exchange either in December or early 2019. As part of the listing, AJ Bell is […]
Paraplanning firm Heather Dunne Consulting has gone into liquidation after its principal restricted its pension transfer permissions. Adviser Heather Dunne founded the firm in 2002 to support advisers doing pension transfers and the firm’s biggest client was HDIFA. HDIFA is also run by Dunne but was placed on voluntary suspension in July 2017 when it was […]
HMRC is tightening the screw on tax avoidance involving profit fragmentation Tax avoidance continues to drive Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs activity. Over the summer, the Revenue published responses to its consultation on proposals to tackle schemes designed to move UK business profits outside the charge of UK tax, often using offshore trusts and […]