Mortgages PLC will launch a direct arm later this year, as its parent Merrill Lynch looks to increase its UK mortgage market share. MPLC has yet to determine a brand name but says its product range will be the same as its intermediary offering.
“I’ve just opened the CML annual report and it smells lovely. It is not often any more that you get paper that smells that nice.” FSA’s Robin Gordon-Walker’s excitement at receiving the document”Do you know anyone who does voicebox transplants in the UK?” Royal Liver’s Andy Milburn after watching Liverpool win the FA Cup”Good news […]
A clash of civilisations took place in Manchester last week, with the Building Societies’ Association parking its annual conference next door to the Mortgage Expo. Although the gatherings were within spitting distance, the short skip between events transported you across different worlds. Delegates entering the BSA were treated to a distinguished gentleman playing grand piano, […]
The Pension Policy Institute (PPI)’s recent report “Value for money in DC pensions” tries to identify factors by which people can assess whether their pension offers fair value for money (VFM). Fiona Tait provides an overview of the findings. Positive Outcomes It is extremely hard to assess VFM in a pension. Press activity naturally focuses […]
Adviser trade body Pimfa has called on the government to go forward with the pensions dashboard as rumours swirl that ministers are considering abandoning the idea. Pimfa’s call comes after reports claim work and pensions secretary Esther McVey believes that the pensions dashboard would be a distraction to rolling out universal credit and so should […]
The Money Advice Service will soon be superseded by a new public financial guidance body, rolling it into Pension Wise and The Pensions Advisory Service. Money Marketing looks at some of the key stats for the organisation ahead of the transition.
The year so far has been full of manager and senior staff moves. Earlier this month, eight senior staff at Standard Life Aberdeen left to go to Aviva Investors, to join former Standard Life Investments equities head David Cumming. With moves like this in mind, is a management team or sole manager the better choice? […]