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IFA “stay mutual” plea to Standard Life

IFAs are backing Standard Life to the hilt as it bids to defeat a rogue band of carpetbagging policyholders.

A Money Marketing poll shows more than 75 per cent of IFAs support the Standard Life board against policyholders who are trying to force it to convert.

Intermediaries say the quality of the life office&#39s products and the quality of service it provides IFAs could be radically reduced if it is forced to pander to dividend-hungry shareholders.

Less than 15 per cent of the IFAs support the Standard Life Members&#39 Action Group proposal, led by Fred Woollard.

Standard Life director of corporate affairs Gordon Arthur says: “We are delighted IFAs are showing such solid support for us at this time.”


CA drafted to frontline against multi-ties

The Consumers&#39 Association is being drafted into the frontline in the IFAs&#39 battle against the introduction of multi-ties.The FSA has commissioned a report into the future of polarisation and is taking submissions from across the industry, prompting IFA fears the Government plans to abandon the system.Both Aifa and Sofa believe their bid to preserve the […]

Fidelity snatches “number one” spot from MAM

Fidelity Investments has snatched the mantle of top fund management group from Mercury Asset Management in the Reuters 2000 survey of larger companies.The finance directors from 250 of the FTSE 350 voted in the survey.Fidelity have regained the number-one spot from last year&#39s highest ranked fund manager MAM which is now pushed down to third […]

Fund managers shun capped FTSEs

Fund managers are set to shun FTSE International&#39s proposed capped indices due to introduced because of the Vodafone/Mannesmann market-cap busting deal.European laws prevent investment funds from holding more than 10 per cent of any stock, but the merged company will make up around 14 per cent of the FTSE 100 index.Virgin says the capped concept, […]

Matrix aims for £20m

Matrix Securities is hoping to bounce off the success of the Alternative Investment Market with launch of an AIM VCT.It is hoping to raise £20m for the Singer & Friedlander-managed VCT which opens for investment on March 1.The FTSE AIM index was up 168 per cent for the year ended January 31, comfortably beating the […]

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