UCB Home Loans and Alliance & Leicester are forecasting strong growth for the buy-to-let market this year. Research by A&L shows that the market has grown by nearly 20 per cent in the last two years and over three quarters of brokers have seen a rise in BTL transactions in the past three years. However, […]
Partnership Home Loans has become the 15th provider to join The Exchange’s online equity release quotation service on its Exweb portal.The provider is a sister company of Partnership Assurance offering a medically written impaired-life equity release plan.Partnership Home loans chief financial officer Steve Groves says: “We anticipate our new product having a significant positive impact […]
I was disappointed by Ian McKenna’s review of wrap offerings in the e-commerce supplement. He does not distinguish between platforms which offer a wide range of investment funds, such as Cofunds, and true wraps, such as Transact, that allow any investment as long as it is quoted on a stockmarket. There is a world of […]
The Investment Management Association says the White Paper is a major step towards achieving a pension system fit for the 21st Century. It welcomes the Government’s preference for a single, centrally-run national personal accounts scheme. The Association of British Insurers says the White Paper points pension policy in the right direction and provides a solid […]
While Dubai is leading the way in terms of legislating for expat healthcare in the Gulf, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and others are watching and learning – that’s according to Jelf International’s director of international services, Doug Rice. He believes the pace of change in the Gulf states will continue and that some level of unified healthcare system will be introduced across the region.
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 […]