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Now BM aims for instant completion

BM Solutions has pledged to provide instant completions and further advances within an hour, where it already holds the customers’ details on file as the technology battle in the specialist market hots up.

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Skandia is rewording its client annuity letters to stress the open market option rather than its tie-up with L&G following IFA criticism. The company signed an annuity deal with L&G this year. On letters sent out to IFAs with clients nearing retirement, the first option was to complete an acceptance form and return it to […]

FSA tells providers to monitor the quality of advice

The FSA has called for product providers to take more responsibility for the quality of distribution and monitor the quality of advice provided by advisers. Speaking at the FSA’s annual asset management conference, chief executive John Tiner said although providers need not necessarily proactively monitor individual distributor behaviour, they should analyse what aggregate statistics say […]

On the home front

The coup in Thailand came at an unfortunate time as far as I was concerned. There I was in a television studio, with the first interview completed. I was awaiting the next opportunity to share my opinions on what the market might be about to do when the news broke and my thoughts on Footsie behaviour became relegated to the cutting room floor. Not that the coup appears to have had any great implications. With tourism such an important element on Thailand’s economic mix, the army generals went out of their way to explain that their intervention was a temporary necessity and that everything would be returned to normal as swiftly as possible.

AITC calls for improved disclosure of CFDs

The Association of Investment Trusts has called for improved disclosure of contracts for difference (CFDs) to protect investors and ensure a fair market. CFDs can be used by market participants to build a stake in a less transparent way than if shares are simply being bought, and can mislead sellers who may sell shares at […]

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