Following Amvescap's £1.05bn purchase of Perpetual two weeks ago, things are suddenly a lot more interesting for Invesco UK chief executive Hugh Ward.Amvescap also owns Invesco and the purchase of Perpetual is likely to end up with the two fund managers being merged. The combined firm would be the second-biggest retail fund manager in the […]
Abbey National is launching a fully automated on-line facility to enable employers to choose stakeholder pensions for their employees on the internet. Abbey say the move comes as a result of changes in pensions legislation which requires employers with five or more staff to offer pension provisions to employees from next October. Abbey's stakeholder sales […]
Royal & SunAlliance International Financial Services (RSAIFS) is launching a new UK Inheritance Tax planning pack with information on three trusts. The pack includes a general guide to UK inheritance tax, a gift trust, a loan trust a capital access trust and an advisers guide.
US investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Group is buying an underwriting agency from merged insurance group CGNU. Shares in CGNU leapt 4 per cent to £9.58 on the announcement of the sale but the move to pull out of Lloyds of London will cost CGNU £448m in charges. The insurer says it is selling the […]
The latest update from the Sustainable Investments Team at Royal London Asset Management, Responsibility Matters, is now available. In this edition the team look at issues such as the growing acceptance of sustainable investing and technology in China. Read the update here: The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and […]
Advice giant St James’s Place will block access to its investment platform for 10 days while it migrates services to a new provider. SJP tells Money Marketing that the work will affect online service ability for clients between 19 October and 29 October. A spokesman says: “SJP will carry out essential maintenance to our systems as part […]
This summer saw the S&P 500 rule headlines for enjoying the longest-running bull market in history. Yet, as per the old adage, what goes up inevitably comes down, and it is the job of advisers to manage clients’ portfolios accordingly – either directly or via the third-party investment services they use. A crude assumption might […]
There is currently no minimum qualification level, but the majority of advisers think this needs to change The role of the paraplanner is a relatively new one and its definition and responsibilities can differ hugely between firms. According to the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, the role can be broken down into four key […]