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 […]
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 […]