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Online financial brands &#39left unprotected&#39

Financial services companies are not protecting their online brands from

risks such as copyright infringement, according to new research from patent

and trade marks attorney Marks & Clarks.

Its survey of 203 company directors around the UK found that only 44 per

cent of financial services providers monitor online threats to their

business, despite 92 per cent saying it is important to safeguard brands on

the internet. Only half of companies register trademarks such as domain



Independent view

It seems appropriate, shortly after the launch of an ethical index, to adda note of conservation to this piece. Not that I particularly feel like a species under threat – quite thecontrary. It is just that there is so much that we have today but may nothave tomorrow. Extinction has a lot to teach us. […]

Wealth of resources

The Institute of Financial Services is turning the spotlight on humanresources in a one-day conference to be held at the Birmingham MetropoleHotel on September 24. The event, entitled Winning Performance Through Innovative HR Strategy,will give firms an insight into how successful HR can improve theirbusiness. Speakers will include Nationwide Building Society chief executiveBrian Davies and […]

Virgin demands robust rules on Omo

Virgin Direct is calling for the FSA to ensure proposals to force pensionfirms to highlight the open-market option are upfront and robust. Virgin isconcerned the regulator&#39s plans leave Omo disclosure at the discretion oflife offices. It wants to see the FSA demand standardised wording andprominent display in the relevant literature.

ScotLife payouts rise despite lower terminal bonuses

Scottish Life is increasing with-profits payouts following the transfer ofits business to new owner Royal London although terminal bonuses havefallen. The transfer was completed on July 1. ScotLife increased bonuses in theperiod before the transfer to give fair treatment to policies maturingahead of completion of the deal. Terminal bonuses are lower than their pre-completion levels […]


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