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Sofa website of IFAs hits the 1,100 mark

Sofa&#39s online Find an Adviser service now has a total of 1,100 advisers listed.

The site, which helps consumers get in touch with professionally qualified

advisers, has carried out almost 20,000 searches since it was set up in

November 1999.

Users find an adviser according to specialist areas of advice and how they

want to pay for the advice. All advisers listed have a minimum of the

Chartered Insurance Institute&#39s Advanced Financial Planning Certificate.


PR firms pitch for ScotAm account

A four-way battle is being fought for the Scottish Amicable publicrelations account.Money Marketing has learned that PR giants FirstFinancial, LansonCommuni-cations and Consolidated Communications and ano-ther company aremakingpitches for the account.Luther Pendragon currently represents Scottish Amicable but has decidednot to seek to renew the account.Prudential, which owns Scottish Amicable, says all its subsidiaries mustseek new bids […]

Arctic inflation hits record

Britannic Assurance is flying high this week after its Britannic Challengepilot David Hempleman-Adams became the first person to fly a balloon soloacross the Arctic Ocean.Britannic gave £250,000 to sponsor the flight.The feat is regarded as one of the most dangerous balloon flightspossible. The last attempt was more than a century ago and it ended intragedy […]

Survey shows young are concerned about their financial future

The message that the state will not provide a decent level of financialsecurity in retirement is starting to hit home.A survey of 1,000 people has revealed that the younger generation inparticular are concerned about the need for good financial planning for thefuture.But when it comes to knowing how long they could live – medical advancesmean […]

Independent View

A graph of the FTSE Techmark Index certainly shows the ups and downs ofinvestment. Just like the Grand Old Duke of York, tech stocks marched backdown again.What we have seen is a first-class example of why investors should takeindependent financial advice.The role of the IFA has always been a handholding one. Do not kid yourselfthat […]


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