If Mr Reid would like to take the trouble to contact me, I will be only too pleased to discuss what strengths a qualified paraplanner can bring to an IFA business and hopefully dismantle his narrowly held views.
Congratulations on your appointment and your first wise decision to put back the next deadline on the retail distribution review so you can have a few weeks to get to grips with a subject that your predecessors have failed to work out these past 27 regulated years. Actually, that is a bit unfair. They did once get to grips with it with a concept called polarisation but they were lobbied into scrapping that with a move called depolarisation, designed to improve bancassurer sales levels. It failed and that is where we are now and it is what Callum McCarthy called “broken”.
Polar Capital has replaced Threadneedle in Skandia’s UK strategic best ideas fund. The move follows the departure of Threadneedle fund manager Paul Findley in July. Polar Capital’s UK equities lead manager Phil Hardy will run its share of Skandia’s 102m fund.
Two company directors have been disqualified for a combined 20 years after running a fine wine investment scam that lost investors nearly £1m. An Insolvency Service investigation found that Crimson Fine Wines cold-called customers and then did not purchase or allocate wines to those who had paid for their investments. The investment scheme offered investors […]
AJ Bell has won a case against a client who wanted his platform fees for the past 14 years reduced. A client, referred to as Mr N, complained to the Pensions Ombudsman that, because he did not have enough information about what fees would be payable, he sold a property holding in his Sipp far […]
National advice firm Foster Denovo has acquired employee benefits consultancy TEBC. The deal brings over 100 corporate client relationships, and Foster Denovo will look to build TEBC’s staff into its own employee benefits division, Secondsight. Foster Denovo says the deal is the first in an acquisition strategy it will be pursuing. Chief executive Roger Brosch […]