Life company funds are producing top-quartile performance as they concentrate on obtaining manager talent and creating alpha-focused products. Within the retail fund sector, life companies have notoriously been considered to have mediocre offerings. With only a handful of notable exceptions, such as Standard Life Investments, few have been able to establish a strong asset management […]
Fidelity head of retail sales Peter Hicks says capital adequacy requirements for platforms are set to increase as they move higher up the regulatory agenda. Speaking at a Fidelity briefing in London last week, Hicks said the FSA has now realised that platforms are fundamental to making adviser-charging work because of the cost, complexity and […]
This guide from Johnson Fleming will take you through the required communication and also give ideas for additional actions that will ensure your auto-enrolment project is a success. As well as highlighting what is required from a system to ensure it is up to the tasks, an overview of the following is also provided: data validation; data categorisation; employee communication; opt-in process; opt-out process; produce contribution schedule; contribution reconciliation process; upload of member data to pension provider; upload contribution to pension provider; manage salary sacrifice process; enrolment process; re-enrolment process; and management of increased employee queries.
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 […]