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Jupiter has taken this award away from Perpetual after the latter&#39s six-year reign. Second place went to Fidelity and third place went to Skandia, which did not make it into the top three last year. Fidelity associate director of UK wholesale marketing David Cowdell says: &#34We are delighted to be recognising again in this category. I think the good thing about the awards is that, as well as recognising investment performance, they also look at marketing, the quality of service and dedication to product innovation, all of which we do well at Fidelity.&#34 Skandia marketing director Bill West says: &#34We are delighted at the level of support from IFAs for Skandia multisa. We have a strong track record of providing strong performance through mult-managers. It is an investment through multi-managers. It is an investment which we introduced some 16 years ago. For the coming year, we are confident we will have some really strong performance amoung our stable of high-quality fund links to match last year&#39s record numbers.&#34


When the payout is in a critical condition

If a client&#39s critical-illness cover policy will not pay out it spells badnews for the IFA as well as the client.When a client is left suddenly without cover because their circumstanceshave changed, it can be a shock but when their policy will not pay out itis nothing shortof a disaster.The good news is that help […]

Friendly face of Foresters retires

Foresters Friendly Society chief executive Bob Pollard retires at the endof May after 27 years of service.Pollard, a former president of the Association of Friendly Societies,joined the Southampton-based friendly in 1973 as secretary of itssecond-biggest district.He says: “I have seen many changes but our traditions still remain firmlyin place – a sharing and caring approach […]

Conservatives continue fight over FSA

Conservative Peers plan to try and force the Government to amend the Financial Services and Markets Bill one last time today.Despite having defeated the Government over a number of other areas of the extensive legislation, the Tories still have major concerns that they want addressed today. They include areas such as the independence of the […]

FSA will fine IFAs for endowment blunders

IFAs face fines or suspension for administration blunders which led themto give bad advice over endowments.FSA financial supervision directorate managing director Michael Foot saidproduct providers and intermediaries were guilty of “poor record-keeping”and their practices had given rise to endowmentmisselling.He said: “Some firms will be disciplined as a result.”Foot, speaking at an Institute of Economic Affairs […]

Technology & Fear

By Ali Unwin, Chief Technology Officer & Manager of the Neptune Global Technology Fund Fear has always been a key ingredient for technological experimentation and adoption, and today is no different. But when and where are these fears justified? asks Ali Unwin, Chief Technology Officer and Manager of the Neptune Global Technology Fund  Click here […]


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