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Professional RDR response from CII

The Chartered Insurance Institute is calling for a single set of standards, a new complaint system and harsher sanctions to build professionalism in the industry in its first response to the FSA’s RDR. The response, A Professional Body for Retail Financial Services?, outlines what professionalism would look like in a post-RDR environment.

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Why should the financial services industry pay for generic advice?

Exactly who has made, and then won, the argument that the financial services industry should foot half the bill or more for generic advice or information?I may have been absent when this happened but I doubt it. What I have heard is the seemingly capable Treasury minister Kitty Ussher suggest that funding should come from […]

FSA with-profits warning to CEOs

The FSA has sent a Dear CEO letter to insurers, warning that it has uncovered worrying practices in open and closed with-profits funds involving standards of governance and run-off plans.The letter highlights practices that the regulator observed as part of two reviews, one focusing on the governance arrangements of all with-profits funds and one on […]

Mark Page: “A good time to be a European fund manager”

With European markets picking up in early 2015, Mark Page, Artemis European Opportunities Fund manager, discusses the ‘macro’ drivers and whether the improvements are sustainable. Largely driven by economic stimulus by the European Central Bank, European stockmarkets have performed strongly so far in 2015. Mark discusses the relative merits and sustainability of ECB policy with […]

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