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IFAP fear proposals are return to bad old days

The watering down of the polarisation rules will restrict and eventually cut out independent advice in the financial services market, according to IFA Promotions.

IFAP says consumers have benefited from the clarity under existing rules where companies are obliged to disclose if they are independent, but fears the new proposals will mark a return to the “bad old days” when consumers could not be sure if the advice they received was genuinely independent.

IFAP marketing director David Elms says: “The changes are the thin end of the wedge as they destroy the clarity in the market and increase consumer confusion. These polarisation proposals are an attempt to abolish independent advice through the back door.”


Permanent add critical illness to mortgage range

Permanent is adding a critical illness only product to its mortgage protection range in response to IFA demand. Permanent says the critical illness mortgage can be used for those who want to add critical illness to existing life cover, either as a straightforward addition to a life mortgage protection policy, or for those who have […]

IFAs welcome new Isa limit

IFAs welcomed Chancellor Gordon Brown’s decision to extend the Isa limit of £7,000 for the next five years. But there is disappointment that the expected simplification of the Isa rules failed to appear. Current rules concerning mini and maxi Isas are confusing consumers and IFAs say simpler, more understandable rules might boost sales. The decision […]

Bury the past

“The moving finger writes; and, having writ, moves on: nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.”So famously pronounced the 11th Century Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam in Edward Fitzgerald&#39s 1859 translation.But, while it is true that what has […]

Jupiter launches Euro trust

Jupiter Fund Managers is launching a European Opportunities Trust which can be bought within a tax-free Isa. The trust will be managed by Alex Darwall who ran Jupiter&#39s previous European trust and who has achieved returns of 254 per cent in the last five years. The minimum investment in the trust is £1000.

Key themes for 2017

Capital Market Notes, December 2016 Dave Lafferty, chief market strategist at Natixis Global Asset Management, assesses the accuracy of his 2016 outlook and provides his thoughts and outlook for 2017. Click here to read the full article


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