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Opra takes part in virtual question period

The Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority is putting itself under the spotlight by taking part in a virtual question time on August 14.
Opra chairman John Hayes, chief executive Caroline Instance and board member John Bowman will be available for questions relating to Opra’s fourth annual report between 2pm and 5pm at
The report shows pension cases reviewed for failings such as late payment of contributions by the regulator increased by 10 per cent compared with the previous year, with a total of 12,800 cases satisfatorily concluded.


Death of Peter Hall

Financial marketing consultant Peter Hall has died of a heart attack at 49.Hall was an established City figure, having been instrumental inintroducing Baring Asset Management to the IFA market in 1984. He alsoworked for Save & Prosper. He most recently worked for Portfin, an onlinefacilities provider for financial institutions.For five years in the mid-1990s, Hall […]

£3bn remortgaging boom defies forecast slowdown

Mortgage lending rose strongly in June to £11.5bn from £10.1bn in May, despite predictions that it would level off, according to figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.The CML says high levels of remortgaging are driving the upturn, with £3.3bn worth of business written in June.It says this is the highest level since collection of […]

CA call to maintain status quo

The Consumers&#39 Association is calling for the status quo to be maintainedfollowing the publication of the London Economics report on polarisation.The CA says adding a third tier to the advisers&#39 spectrum, as suggested inthe report&#39s section on multi-ties, will add to consumers&#39 confusion.The report says the term financial adviser should be slotted in betweenindependent financial […]

Post Office set for sales of pensions and Isas

The Post Office is considering selling stakeholder and Isas as the nextstep in its proposals to create a “universal bank” through its branchnetwork.The PO says the move would be the logical next step for the bank which isbeing created by the Government as a replacement for the withdrawal ofhigh- street banks from rural communities.The bank […]

Global income: preparing for a rate rise…

In the five years since we launched the Artemis Global Income Fund, its manager Jacob de Tusch-Lec has built a distinctive portfolio that is first among its peers. Here he explains why his “quality, cyclical and value yield” stocks, and flexible approach, leave the fund better placed to benefit from uncertainty than funds that depend […]


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