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Investec picks Parker for blue chip

Investec has appointed Jonathan Parker as co-manager for the 120m UK blue-chip fund alongside Christine Baalham. He joined Investec this year from M&G.

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Train of thought

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Ease of communication

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.

It’s a living thing

Hartford Life marketing and distribution managing director John Enos on why living benefits could be a £20bn a year market and the implications for advisers.

Stop the cold-calling

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 […]

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