Standard & Poor’s Fund Services is to start awarding ratings to brand new fund launches. This will enable the firm to provide analysis of funds not covered by qualitative-based data firms, which rank funds solely on past performance.
The FSA has added a buying without advice section to its Money Made Clear website, warning that consumers may be unable to seek redress from the Financial Ombudsman Service if they buy the wrong insurance product.Lifesearch head of protection strategy Kevin Carr believes this could indicate that the FSA’s imminent Icob report will make concrete […]
The Financial Ombudsman Service could face a High Court battle over its right to hear complaints against advisers from many years ago.
How very different life is now compared with when I started as an adviser. Clients are more demanding of service and the timescale of its delivery. Containing costs is key to a profitable business. Some costs such as regulatory costs are unavoidable. Some such as administration costs are controllable.These demands led us to consider what […]
Royal Bank of Scotland Intermediary Partners is set to shake up its brands, with structural changes expected in the coming weeks.The firm will be quick to market with its new proposition. RBS head of intermediaries Chris Pearson says it clearly needs to do something with its brands as the set-up has not worked so far.Pearson, […]
By Mike Riddell The moves in gilts in August were truly exceptional. Volatility in the gilt market (based off 10-year gilt futures) has soared to close to the highest levels seen this millennium, on a par with the eurozone debt crisis of 2011/12 and behind only the global financial crisis of 2008/09. The first distortion […]
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BMO Global Asset Management fund manager Robert Burdett has more than halved the exposure to passive funds in most of the multi-manager funds amid fears of a bubble in the market. Burdett, who co-manages the £1.2bn F&C MM Navigator Distribution fund with Gary Potter, says the team has been cutting exposure to passive funds across […]
Opinion differs as to what has caused the advice gap. Some believe the move from commission to fees has made advice unaffordable for the mass market, with advisers having to focus on wealthier clients for commercial reasons, while others say the trend was happening anyway, regardless of the RDR. For Simplified Money director Lesley James, […]
Sales of protection policies are back at peak levels, with the sector growing by more than 20 per cent in the past year, despite adviser complaints over protection’s lack of popularity. According to the latest figures from Equifax Touchstone, sales of protection policies surpassed £153m between July and September this year — their highest level […]