The FSA will conduct further investigations to ensure mortgage providers give relevant disclosure documents and has warned they could be accused of misselling if they fail to do so.
The Pensions Regulators new statutory funding objective must be flexible and pragmatic enough to reflect the long term nature of pension scheme funding according to the National Association of Pension Funds .In its response to the Pensions Regulators consultation on scheme funding, the NAPF says the objective will be a major factor as to whether […]
Standard & Poor’s has cut Skandia’s insurance rating from A to A- following the announcement that Old Mutual’s offer is now termed unconditional.
A former IFA who set up a claim management firm says the FSA is failing to spot phoenixing after he received a wave of endowment complaints against phoenix firms last year. DTB Investments managing director Derek Baillie says his firm’s experience suggests that phoenixing is much more widespread than thought. He says 90 per cent […]
Software company Docucorp is introducing a software pro- duct which enables advisers to produce customised home information packs. It is providing a fully compliant template for estate agents, mortgage intermediaries and conveyancers. Docucorp says firms can use its system to design documents, compile data and choose how the Hip looks. Users can make changes to […]
Decoding the Fed’s policy-making has become more difficult since it failed to raise interest rates last month. So Artemis’ head of US equities is stock-picking for stability as well as growth.
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Sesame must compensate a client who complained she was missold a personal pension by one of the network’s former appointed representatives. According to a Financial Ombudsman Service decision, in 2002, Mrs P met with an adviser of a business that was at the time an appointed representative of Sesame. Following this meeting Mrs P agreed […]
Financial advisers need to engage in less systematic risk tolerance testing to position clients for high investment returns, according to risk profiling firm Oxford Risk. Speaking at a FinaMetrica/miPlanPlus event today, Oxford Risk head of behavioural finance Greg Davies says suitability across the industry is “rife with poor practice”. Davies says the most common adviser […]
The FCA is attempting to ban the boss of a debt management firm for allegedly using client money to purchase the business. Darren Lee Newton purchased First Step from former director Christine Whitehurst in 2013. The FCA argues he funded the deal through client money rather than out of his own pocket. Newton allowed more […]