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IFA National creates holding company

IFA National Inter-Alliance has created a holding company which will act as the umbrella group for its interests in the UK and internationally.

Up until now, Inter-Alliance has been both the parent company and the IFA firm. The move is an attempt to clear up the internal operations of the company. The holding company, Inter-Alliance Group, will continue to be listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Company sources say the move will have no effect on their publicly-owned status, and are simply internal decisions that will only have bearing on management structure.


If wins big deal with Mysis IFAs

Halifax’s tele-net bank Intelligent Finance is signing a deal with Misys to register 4,500 IFAs to its July-launched service. Mysis IFA Services is the parent company for five IFA networks namely IFA Network, Countrywide, Financial Options, Investment Options and Kestrel. The latest deal means around 20 per cent of all RI’s will have signed-up to […]

Finsbury Trust grows by more than half

Investment trust Finsbury Trust has posted a 58 per cent increase in net assets in the year ending March 31. The fund, which operates mainly in the smaller quoted sector in the UK, gives investors an increase in dividend of 19 per cent to 5p from 3.2p The investment trust is owned by Apax Finsbury […]

Actuaries offer guide to transfers

The Faculty and Institute of Actuaries is publishing a guide outlining thequestions employees should ask before trans- ferring out of theiremployers&#39 occupational pension scheme.The booklet is released at a time when occupational pensions are underincreasingly close scrutiny.The BBC&#39s Panorama programme recently looked at the trend of employersswitch-ing from final-salary schemes to money-purchase plans or grouppersonal […]

&#39Income from leaner and meaner industries&#39

Decent income from the corporate bond market will be made in “leaner,meaner, nimbler” industries.M&G head of global fixed interest Theodora Zemek warned delegates to avoidinvestment-grade bonds, namely the so-called quality companies where fatcats and golden handshakes are “diametrically opposed to creditors&#39interests”.Zemek stressed that in the new economy, top-quality corporate bonds havenot compensated investors for considerable […]

Industry under fire over pension freedoms

By Jamie Clark, Business Development Manager, Royal London Recent articles in the media have raised concerns about the new pension freedoms. One perceived problem is that across the industry, trustees and providers are not necessarily allowing people to take full advantage of the pension freedoms in situ. This is backed up by a recent survey by […]


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