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Informed Choice scoops best media IFA award

Informed Choice has been named best IFA firm at the 2011 media IFA of the year awards.

The award ceremony was held in London last week and saw Informed Choice managing director Martin Bamford win the best media IFA individual and best social media IFA awards. Hargreaves Lansdown head of pensions research Tom McPhail was named best pensions media IFA and Chelsea Financial Services managing director Darius McDermott won best investment media IFA.

John Charcol senior technical manager Ray Boulger took the award for best whole of market mortgage media adviser.

P&P Invest IFA Philip Pearson won the best small or sole tra- der IFA category and Investor Profile director Jaskarn Pawar was named best newcomer.

Yellowtail Financial Planning managing director Dennis Hall was runner-up in the IFA individual, social media IFA and investment IFA categories.

Martin Bamford was runner-up for pensions IFA and London & Country head of communications David Hollingworth came second in the whole of market mortgage adviser category.

Forty Two Wealth Management certified financial planner Alan Dick was runner-up in the small or sole trader IFA cat- egory and Care Matters head of care fee planning Lorreine Kennedy was runner-up in the newcomer category.

Hargreaves Lansdown was second in the IFA firm category. chief exec- utive Karen Barrett says: “These awards were set up to recog- nise those advisers who work hard to provide comment, insight and expert assistance to journalists, while helping us promote the benefits of ind- ependent financial advice to consumers.”



MPC’s Weale says interest rates should rise

Monetary Policy Committee member Martin Weale says interest rates should start rising now to avoid sharp and more damaging rises in the future. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme yesterday, Weale (pictured) said: “My expectation would be that – although there would be some costs – it would protect us from a […]


Confidence will be the central aim for the FCA

The new Financial Conduct Authority will have a central strategic objective of promoting confidence in the financial system and a number of other objectives including protecting consumers and facilitating market choice. The FCA, formerly known under the working title Consumer Protection and Markets Authority, will take on the FSA’s responsibilities for conduct of business and […]

ABI questions need for FOS levy increase

The Association of British Insurers has called into question whether the Financial Ombudsman Service needs to raise the levy to cover the costs of future payment protection insurance complaints. Last month the FOS published its consultation on its annual corporate plan and budget for 2011/12.  It outlined plans to request an increase of up to […]

Halifax SVR blunder could cost £500m

Lloyds Banking Group has struck a deal with the FSA to undertake a review of past Halifax mortgage contracts which could cost it up to £500m. The confusion relates to mortgages taken out between September 2004 and September 2007 when Halifax was offering loans with an SVR rate cap at 2 per cent above the […]


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