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HST Financial appoints Barnard and Pierce

Financial services distribution company HST Financial has appointed Nigel Barnard as chairman and named Seymour Pierce as corporate adviser as part of its plans to float on Aim before the end of the year.

HST Financial comprises IFA network Sage FS, national IFA firm Host Partnership and a support group for non-FSA regulated business Trinon. It hopes to raise £10m through flotation to support acquisitions, intermediary recruitment, technology improvements and to meet capital adequacy requirements.


Automated valuation advance from Fairs

Software specialists Fairs is launching an new development which brings product providers data directly to an IFA’s database.The Fairsonline Valuation service automates the request valuations from a large number of product providers, for all clients, a group of clients or a single client. Managing Director Dr Czes Kosniowski says: “IFA&#39s are individuals and they want […]

Minister credits industry

The Department of Work and Pensions is likely to make significant changes to the proposed pension credits in response to industry consultation. The pension credits, announced in November last year, are planned to ensure it always pays to save into a pension even for low-earners who could expect to benefit from the minimum income guarantee. […]

Merrill Lynch grows PIPs

Merrill Lynch HSBC, the online financial services company, has designed a capital protected bond linked to the FTSE 100 index over a five-year term.The FTSE 100 growth protected investment product (PIP) is the company&#39s third PIP, but it covers different ground compared to the previous ones. The first PIP was linked to four stockmarket indices […]

Clerical Medical hands out calculator

Clerical Medical is releasing a carry back, carry forward calculator in CD-Rom format to help IFAs highlight this last chance tax opportunity for their clients.From January 31 2002 it will not be possible to carry forward unused tax relief from previous years. Clerical says it received a massive number of requests for the calculator from […]


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