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 […]
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 […]
Invesco Perpetual leads the latest edition of the infamous Spot the Dog report, which identifies underperforming equity funds, as the number of dogs hits a record high. In its bi-annual Spot the Dog report, Bestinvest names and shames funds that have underperformed their benchmarks for three consecutive years and by more than five per cent over […]
Most firms regulated by the FCA are satisfied with its performance and believe it is an efficient regulator, the watchdog has said. The survey conducted by the FCA and its Practitioner Panel – one of its advisory bodies – sought feedback on the regulator’s performance from the firms it oversees. The results showed that both satisfaction and […]
Investing at this stage of the market cycle is a tough balancing act. While over-exposure to risky assets leaves a portfolio vulnerable when a correction really bites, taking too much risk off the table too soon can mean missing out on the remaining opportunities which may still present themselves over the coming months. With so […]