One of the most common mistakes I come across when talking to adviser firms about their technology installations is the failure to properly provide for the cost of training when planning their project. Although software is often presented as being easy to use out of the box, just like any other consumer durable, the reality can be vastly different.
It is mildly heartening to learn that the FSA cannot get away with ignoring European law. Had it taken the trouble to undertake anything in the way of consultation, a great many people in the UK financial services industry would have told it that the menu and initial disclosure document were highly unlikely to be the most effective means of clarifying for consumers the issues of advisory status or commission.
Royal London is pleased to support the petition calling for a ban on cold-calling for pension and investment products. The petition, launched by IFA Darren Cooke of Red Circle Financial Planning and hosted on the Parliamentary website, calls on the Government to ban cold-calling for pensions and investment products. A similar ban is already in force […]
A group of 500 people have launched legal action against Ingenious Media saying they were misled about film investments that were later deemed to be tax avoidance by the government. According to Bloomberg, which cites court documents, employees from companies including Goldman Sachs, Lloyds Banking Group and HSBC are part of the action. British composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber is […]
Embark Services returned to profit in 2017 as it reported an increase in self-invested personal pension clients. Embark Services is a subsidiary of Embark Group that trades under the Hornbuckle and Embark brands. The business reported pre-tax profit for the year ending 31 December 2017 of £136,000 compared with a loss in 2016 of £2.4m. […]
Architas UK has seen inflows drop by just over 70 per cent in the first half of the year. The Axa-owned asset manager reported £152m net inflows for the first six months of 2018, compared with £546m in the first half of 2017. Globally, Architas’s net inflows dropped to €797m (£710.6m) in the first half […]