New Star's purchase of Edinburgh Fund Managers' retail funds and multi-manager business brings chairman John Duffield's buying spree to an end for the foreseeable future.New Star head of retail sales Mark Skinner says the 24 funds which the firm has bought from Aberdeen Asset Management, including 10 funds of funds, are the final piece in […]
The global trade deficit in goods narrowed in July. It now stands at 4.3 per cent GDP. The improvement was aided by a dramatic drop in the shortfall in non-EU trade which fell to its lowest level since May 2002 and exports to the US climbed by £400m according to Gerrard's latest figures.
The Association of Consulting Actuaries says Government is failing to put enough priority on encouraging employees and employers to make more substantial pension contributions.Chairman Gordon Pollock says the Government's most recent reform proposals, published in June, fail to encourage employers to continue with defined-benefit provision. In particular, he says there is almost nothing in the […]
Erica Harper of Zurich must be wondering where her weekly dose of press cuttings got to last week.The Diary was delighted to receive press cuttings about Zurich on our fax but we don't think they were intended for us.Could Consolidated Communications possibly have made a mistake? The Diary is only sorry that it wasn't a […]
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 […]