The FSA has appointed former Which? consumer champion Julian Edwards to the new role of consumer senior adviser. The regulator says it established the role to help deliver better outcomes for consumers through “intensive supervision and rigorous risk assessment”. The aim is to also strengthen the FSA’s understanding of consumer issues. Edwards, who took up […]
A year ago, few were predicting a strong market recovery, with the general view being that recession and high levels of Government debt would prove difficult for UK investors. Corporate bonds and large-cap UK equities were the safe-haven choices. In the end, 2009 produced positive returns for almost all sectors. What will be the best-performing sectors in 2010?
Outgoing chief executive of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme Loretta Minghella has been awarded an OBE for services to the financial services industry in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list. Minghella is leaving the FSSC in the spring after five years in the role. Other members of the financial services industry to be awarded honours […]
In this short video, Craig Inches, head of short rates and cash at Royal London Asset Management, offers his thoughts on how to preserve capital and generate income in an inflationary environment. Watch the video in full The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well […]
Platforms should brace themselves for a difficult second half of the year as sluggish Isa sales led to a soft second quarter, consultancy Fundscape says. Fundscape’s latest platform market figures show total platform assets – including the advised and direct-to-consumer sectors – grew by £32bn to £604bn in the second quarter of the year. However, […]
Advisers giving defined benefit pension transfer advice can expect to pay nearly double for their professional indemnity insurance premiums at the next renewal than those who do not advise in that area. QPI, which is part of insurance broker PIB Group, says advisers with DB exposure can expect to pay between 2 per cent and 3 […]
Back in April, I wrote a piece explaining why investors shouldn’t give up on bonds just yet. Given the heightened volatility in equity markets this year, I thought it might be a good idea to take a closer look at this asset class, too. The VIX index, which predicts market volatility and is known as […]