The Diary was concerned to read a headline in a national news paper suggesting that “FSA’s gold-plated rules threaten abattoirs”. However, on second glance, it appears that the long arm of the regulator has not stretched into monitoring the slaughter of animals and it was just another of those old Food Stan-dards Agency mix-ups. The […]
I have all due respect for Harry Katz’s prowess as an industry commentator and fellow contributor to these pages but I do wonder whether or not there is any point to what seems to be his ongoing feud with John Ellis over the purpose or relevance of the Personal Finance Society, as the LIA and the Sofa have now become.
Alexander Forbes Financial Services is offering a bespoke Sipp with Standard Life and Investment Solutions. The Alexander Forbes Standard Life Sipp uses multi-manager fund from Investment Solutions. Former Bureaux Group managing director Peter Quinton has been appointed director of public relations at Alexander Forbes.
While Trump blazes blond in the political foreground, it’s easy to overlook the economic background to the new political dimension of 2017. Political risk will be a feature of the year: the unpredictable and untested Trump administration has already created uncertainty, which is unlikely to diminish, especially if protectionist rhetoric starts to outweigh promises of […]
The Liberal Democrats are calling for the government to introduce a cooling off period for people who take more than the minimum lump sum from their pension pot without taking financial advice. Currently, withdrawals over the 25 per cent minimum are taxed at an emergency tax rate, which can lead to pensioners paying too much […]
Regulator unveils proposed directory of senior financial services professionals, publishes fees for 2018/19 and approves new tech-based mortgage firms. The Financial Conduct Authority published a raft of reports, consultations and policy initiatives over the past month and many will have a direct impact on the mortgage sector. Recently, the FCA has put forward plans to […]