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 […]
The heralding of a new year is often positioned as an opportunity to make commitments for the next 12 months. People have the best of intentions as they declare they will exercise more, have a better diet or be kinder. Inevitably, as tumultuous events begin to unfold, however, these promises often fall by the wayside. […]
Beaufort Financial’s Nottingham director Gurmit Nahal on why she outsources investment management and how it enables her to focus on holistic financial planning and strategic oversight of portfolios Do you take care of your investment management in-house, outsource it to a third party or combine both approaches? Why do you do it that way?We outsource […]
Ahead of her appearance at Money Marketing’s flagship conference, Money Marketing Interactive this April, CISI award winner Rebecca Aldridge looks at making numbers more exciting and getting advisers and fund managers on the same page What one word or phrase do you think sums up the state of the financial planning profession today? Over-doing disclosure. Well-intentioned […]