The FSA says it has achieved its aim with its probe into mortgage exit fees despite brokers branding it weak for failing to take action against lenders that continue to charge excessive fees.The Mortgage Practitioner sole practitioner Danny Lovey says the regulator has gone against everything it said in its statement of good practice published […]
HBOS has admitted that it has neglected first-time buyers sector as it focused on remortgaging.But HBOS intermediary distribution and specialist banking managing director Philip Grant says the company is now working on strengthening in the first-time buyer and homemover areas.Grant adds that the group is also looking closely at equity release, which is an area […]
I concluded my last article – relating to pension rights in divorce proceedings – by expressing my opinion that pension sharing orders will become more widely used in the longer term as their relative simplicity is accepted.
A Legal & General survey has found that 92 per cent of people do not think there will be a cure for cancer in the next 10 years, 27 per cent don’t think there will be a cure in 50 years and 17 per cent believe a cure will never be found.
Jelf Employee Benefits assesses key trends within the international private medical insurance provision of organisations with employees in Singapore. Benefit structure, cost management and healthcare facilities are examined and key considerations are highlighted. This edition will be of particular interest to global human resource directors and benefit managers with local and expatriate populations in Singapore.
Advice giant St James’s Place will block access to its investment platform for 10 days while it migrates services to a new provider. SJP tells Money Marketing that the work will affect online service ability for clients between 19 October and 29 October. A spokesman says: “SJP will carry out essential maintenance to our systems as part […]
This summer saw the S&P 500 rule headlines for enjoying the longest-running bull market in history. Yet, as per the old adage, what goes up inevitably comes down, and it is the job of advisers to manage clients’ portfolios accordingly – either directly or via the third-party investment services they use. A crude assumption might […]
There is currently no minimum qualification level, but the majority of advisers think this needs to change The role of the paraplanner is a relatively new one and its definition and responsibilities can differ hugely between firms. According to the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, the role can be broken down into four key […]