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IFAP appoints marketing manager

IFA Promotion has appointed Karen Barrett as marketing manager to co-ordinate its advertising, website and direct marketing campaigns highlighting the benefits of independent financial advice.

Barrett joins from Abbey National where she spent 18 months working on integrated campaigns for the bank and Safeway. She implemented programmes for the Abbey National cash Isa and Safeway savings portfolio.


Automatic for the people

If there was any doubt that the 1 per cent world is well and truly with us, it is confirmed by the news that Scottish Amicable has withdrawn indemnity commission from stakeholder products.This demonstrates all too clearly the harsh financial environment that IFAs are now facing. While regulators keep increasing the compliance burden, the Government […]

&#39Let Isas take savings lead&#39

Isas should be the central plank of the Government&#39s tax-friendly savings vehicles rather than new concepts which confuse consumers, say fund management chief executives.At a meeting in Parliament, Inland Revenue director of investment, pensions and savings policy Paula Diggle was told the Government should not introduce new concepts such as individual pension accounts and child […]

Market forces

Last week, I looked at the services Skandia is making available to IFAs to help populate their own websites. The first fund supermarket to launch tools to populate IFAs&#39 own websites was Fidelity&#39s FundsNetwork.It is nearly a year since it launched this facility initially via The Exchange, which would offer a standard version of FundsNetwork […]

Making the best choice

Recent events have left some life companies ailing and IFAs struggling to work out which companies to place business with.Many IFAs recount a lack of confidence from clients and a general insecurity about the health of companies. They are also critical of the lack of information from the FSA.Richard Jacobs Pension & Trustee director Richard […]

US: mid-year review and outlook

By Felix Wintle, Manager of the Neptune US Opportunities Fund H1 2014 Economic data: after last year’s strength, economic data has disappointed. Indeed, the economy contracted 2.9 per cent in the first three months of the year — the US economy’s worst performance for five years. However, rather than a symptom of underlying economic weakness or […]


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