Smaller-cap stocks are at last returning to favour. Perhaps this is because the FTSE 100 now offers poor value. But the widening gap in the performance between small companies and the FTSE 100 has been a cause of considerable concern. In the US, where the penetration achieved by tracker funds is considerably greater than here, […]
Treasury economic secretary Helen Liddell is warning smaller firms conducting the pension review that they could be fined for missing deadlines. Liddell is turning her attention on smaller firms after conducting a six-month naming and shaming campaign against the biggest providers. Slow progress with the review could now see fines being handed out to smaller […]
West Bromwich Building Society has bought a £20m residential mortgage book from First Mortgage Group, bringing its group assets to over £2bn. The portfolio was acquired by subsidiary West Bromwich Mortgage Company. The move follows a £90m purchase of the Century Life mortgage book last November.
Liberty International Holdings is buying the rest of the shares of Portfolio Fund Management and injecting £5m to expand the business. It is buying the remaining 30 per cent after taking a 70 per cent stake in January last year. Liberty says Portfolio's funds under management have grown more than fourfold from £20m to £90m […]
By Chris Taylor, head of Japanese Equities, Neptune Abe, having reinforced his political position domestically, will most likely hold off any further major policy enactments until after president Trump has settled into the White House and enacted some of his own. Then a relaunch of the Three Arrows programme is likely, or Abenomics 2.0, including […]
Almary Green, the advice firm led by industry veteran Carl Lamb, is in sale talks with Smith and Pinching Financial Services, Money Marketing understands. One source tells Money Marketing Almary Green staff have visited the Smith and Pinching offices, and that there have been discussions around a merged firm being floated on AIM. The Norwich-based […]
A weekly account of the curious goings-on in the world of financial services Locked out While WSJ correspondents were kept very busy at Money Marketing Interactive in Harrogate last week, there was still plenty of time spent in the bar with industry friends. So came about the story of Aegon director of new business, Martin […]
The FCA is analysing information from 40 firms about their adviser recruitment processes and what quality checks are in place on the advice they give. Earlier this year, Money Marketing revealed that the FCA sent letters to a sample of firms asking about training, competence and hiring records for staff. A Freedom of Information Act request […]