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Peter Hamilton: Counting the cost of the FCA’s failure on unsuitable products

In February, the National Audit Office published a report on how effective the FCA is in dealing with, and preventing, misselling. The conclusions were damning. The summary of the report notes misselling of financial products can cause serious harm, not just to individuals but also to the financial stability of the UK. The summary of […]

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Time for a fresh look at investment committees

All too often governance is considered a dull topic but time and time again it proves critical for outfits of all shapes and sizes. Take Fifa, for example. It would seem ex-president Sepp Blatter did not pay a great deal of attention to governance and look where that has left the world of football. The […]

Platforum head of intermediary research Miranda Seath
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Platform focus: Will Parmenion’s bionic approach pay dividends?

Bristol-based platform Parmenion characterises itself as a technology and investment solutions business. Indeed, the platform’s technology was a key driver behind its acquisition by Aberdeen Asset Management, which was completed in January. In this week’s profile, we assess the implications of that acquisition for Parmenion’s future strategy and its plans to stay true to late […]

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PRA proposes minimum buy-to-let underwriting standards

The Prudential Regulation Authority wants to strengthen buy-to-let underwriting standards by insisting on a minimum level of stress testing to ensure loans remain affordable when rates rise. A consultation paper on the future of buy-to-let underwriting says the market is defined by short-term interest-only mortgages that leave consumers vulnerable to hikes in base rate. The […]

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