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IFAs foresee depolarisation chaos

The overwhelming majority of IFAs believe the FSA&#39s proposed changes to polarisation will result in confusion, with 97 per cent saying the confusion needs to be addressed urgently, according to a survey by Standard & Poor&#39s.

The poll shows that 69 per cent of IFAs believe financial advice will wither following depolarisation, while only 25 per cent believe it will stay the same.

Over half of IFAs believe that the UK public can be persuaded that financial advice is a commodity that has a commercial value but nearly all felt it could take many years before the commission-orientated culture of the UK investor was changed.


German IFA giant buys its way to top in UK

German financial advice giant AWD believes it can conquer the UK market with the acquisition of Carrington Carr to create the UK&#39s third-biggest IFA by turnover.The deal, reported to be worth £32m, will see mortgage specialist Carrington Carr integrated into IFA Thomson, which was bought by AWD last November for £30m.Thomson says AWD has funds […]

Widows fences off two new with-profits funds

Scottish Widows is anticipating the Sandler review by offering two new ring-fenced growth and income with-profits funds using derivatives.The income with-profits fund will be a smoothed managed bond fund, invested entirely in bonds. The growth with-profits fund will have a traditional equity-based asset mix.The final bonus will be the difference between the yield on each […]

NDF Adminisrtation – NDF Income & Growth Plan

Monday, July 1, 2002 Type: Guaranteed equity bond Aim: Income or growth linked to the performance of the FTSE 100 index Minimum-maximum investment: £10,000-£1m, £7,000 Isa Term: Three years two months Guarantee: Capital returned in full at end of term provided the index does not fall by more than 20% Return: Choice of 9% income […]

Norwich Union – Impaired Life Annuity Option

Monday, 24 June 2002 Type: Impaired life annuity Minimum investment: Lump sum £50,000 Minimum age: 50, no minimum if retirement due to ill health Income frequency: Monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, annually Charges: Implicit Options: Escalation fixed rate or linked to retail price index, single life, joint life and longest life protected rights guaranteed five or 10 […]


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