GMAC-RFC has confirmed that its managing director of operations Barry Searle has left the lender.At the same time it announced a round of promotions to its senior management team, with the promotion of David Botting, Chris Kujawa and Craig Beresford.Botting will be the new managing director of operations and Kujawa has been named as director […]
Ninety-four per cent of advisers believe that independence should not be determined solely by the way they are remunerated, as proposed in the retail distribution review, according to Skandia.The company surveyed 158 advisers and found only 7 per cent believe remuneration is the most important factor determining independence. Sixty-one per cent say the product range […]
The FSA paid out more than £13m in fees to external consultants last year.Top earners include Defaqto which was paid £1,330,494 and PriceWaterhouseCoopers which received £1,208,663. Other big beneficiaries were Mills & Reeve with £366,953, QI Consulting on £345,905, Concerto Consulting with £362,098 and KPMG £316,518.A freedom of information request made by Money Marketing shows […]
Last week, I indicated the increasing dominance of the stockmarket by investment professionals was behind the upsurge in share volatility. With hindsight, this appears a little oversimplistic. There have been other changes that add to the potential for wide swings in indices and the value attributed to individual companies.
As the title of this paper suggests, credit migration is probably worse than you think, but then not as bad as you fear. So how concerned should investors be about this phenomenon? Where should their focus lie? Natixis’ affiliate, Loomis Sayles & Company’s Director of Credit Research and Credit Strategist, Chris Gootkind, addresses this and […]
Advisers are avoiding putting all their eggs in the passives basket Few advisers have wholeheartedly taken on board the arguments for index-tracking and put all their eggs in the passives basket. Indeed, advisers are deeply split in their attitudes towards passive investing. There is no denying funds in passive investment vehicles have been on the […]
A weekly account of the curious goings-on in the world of financial services Fussy financial felines With the average salary for financial advisers continuing to grow, one has to wonder what privileges immediate family members are able to enjoy. Perhaps most important to the families that own them are cats. Thanks to Twitter, WSJ can […]