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Record 431 IFAs pass AFPC

The number of IFAs who passed the Chartered Insurance Institute Advanced Planning Certificate hit a new high of 431 in October.

About 52 per cent of IFAs who attempted the G60 pension paper passed the exam while 36 candidates successfully completed the Association of the Society of Financial Advisers requirement. Seven IFAs passed the Fellowship of Sofa requirements.


Martin Currie recommends Middle Eastern stock markets

Fund manager Martin Currie is still recommending emerging market investments particularly the Near and Middle East in 1999, despite the Brazilian crisis.It singles out Egypt, Cyprus and Oman.Martin Currie chief investment officer James Fairweather says: &#34Sound economic management is evident and effective there. Sub-Saharan markets also offer attractive equity investment despite their volatility.&#34The fund manager […]

Sun Life hit by withdrawal from market

Axa Sun Life&#39s decision to withdraw from the life and pensions market due to what it saw as unsustainable price competition is responsible for the 1998 profits dip, according to analysts.Insurance analyst Ned Cazalet says: &#34Sun Life withdrew as it felt the pricing had gone mad due to the pressure of competition, especially in pensions. […]


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