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Group reshuffle at Misys

Misys has appointed Charles Bryant to head its IFA portal and its financial services division as part of a reshuffle across the group which sees Assureweb chairman Helen O&#39Dea become CEO of its risk management services division.

Bryant is promoted to AssureWeb chairman and director of Misys&#39 financial services division. He will be responsible for preparing the financial services businesses for flotation within two years.

As part of the group restructuring, Marlborough Stirling chief executive and chief operating officer Andrew White has been recruited as CEO of the banking division. Marlborough Stirling director Adrian Guttridge will take over White&#39s role at the rival software firm.

Bryant says: “This is a terrific opportunity to lead a great technology business. Following the introduction of the annuities section, we are seeing a huge increase in the number of advisers using the portal – up to 300,000 a month.”


IFAP shows £4bn is being wasted in tax

Nine out of 10 adults in the UK – 45 million people – will waste £4bn this year paying unnecessary tax, according to IFA Promotion.IFAP says its 11th annual TaxAction investigation shows an average of £114 is wasted per person and it is vowing to continue its War on Wasted Tax.It has calculated that the […]

Pints of view

As I strolled into the pub, I thought to myself – at last a couple of hours of peace and quiet. No Green Paper, no pension simplification, no consultation papers and most of all no pensions.Carefully carrying my first pint of Old Stokestrangler and the most recent copy of Hello magazine, I found myself a […]

Former Bankhall director joins Threesixty Services

IFA support services provider Threesixty Services has appointed David Ingram as head of research, training and technical support. The former founding director of Bankhall&#39s technical support arm, Resource Initiatives, joins fellow Bankhall alumni, Threesixty directors Ross McArthur and David Brattesani. McArthur says: “Ingram has a fantastic profile within the IFA sector, and brings with him […]

&#3916-24 year-olds too relaxed about debt&#39

The Mortgage Lender is warning 16 to 24 year olds have a worryingly relaxed outlook on debt and think nothing of running up debts of £3,130. Research by the specialist lender of 2,000 people last month shows this figure is over double the amount people older than 55 think is an acceptable amount of debt, […]

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(Another) downhill stroll — retirement planning

A report published this morning by the CIPD (CIPD Employee Outlook March 2015) provides yet more interesting data to the changing landscape of retirement planning. It should be remembered that we are in a period of genuine flux here given that the default retirement age was scrapped three years ago, and new pension freedoms come online in April. Both of these alterations will have a huge impact on how employees plan for their retirement.


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