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PIA suspends four firms over financial resources

The PIA has suspended four financial advisers for failing to meet

financial resources requirements.

The firms are: Roger Smith Independent Financial Adviser of

Nottinghamshire, Dotcom Pensions and Insurance of Manchester, Professional

Advisers Investment Services of Guildford and Calland Insurance and

Mortgage Services of Lincoln. The companies have been ordered to stop

conducting business.


FSA joins Aifa forum to restore stability on PI

The FSA is to join an Aifa forum on the professional indemnity market in abid to dispel fears of a retrospective review.The forum, which will meet three times a year, is part of a step-by-stepplan that Aifa has drawn up to help restore “order and stability” to the PImarket for IFAs and drive down the […]

Parallel win for Tories

The Opposition has scored apropaganda victory against the Government onparallel membership of stakeholder and other pensions.The Conservatives, prompted by the pension industry, tabled an amendmentin favour of concurrency to the Child Support, Pensions and Social SecurityBill at the committee stage in the Lords this week.The Government lost the vote but is expected to reversethe amendment. […]

Tale of two necessities

Over the next 16 months, every employer with at least five employees mustchoose between facilitating stakeholder or offering a different pensionscheme to employees. For small and medium-sized employers, the choice islikely to be between stakeholder and group personal pensions.As each month goes by, the issues which unite and separate stakeholder andGPPs become a little clearer […]

Taking the e-nitiative

Although some financial services companies have dabbled with the internetfor several years, it is only in the last few months it has begun to beemployed to transact business.Direct providers such as Direct Line and Virgin have led the way withgenuine e-nitiatives designed to provide real value to consumers andstreamline their internal processes.In the IFA market, […]


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