Standard Life Healthcare has bought the private medical insurance business of First Assist Insurance Services.
Association of Intertnational Life Offices chief executive Stuart Fairclough has resigned with immediate effect. Fairclough was appointed to the role two years ago to raise the profile of Ailo, increase its membership base and improve the benefits provided to members and is now leaving to pursue other interests.Ailo says all these objectives have been met […]
Friends Provident is to offer access to Fidelity FundsNetwork within its offshore bond. Friends says clients will now have access to FundsNetwork’s 900 funds from 54 providers to allow for easier switching between funds as their investment needs change.
The FSA has fined IFA CFS Independent 25,000 for serious systems and controls, risk management and compliance failures. The regulator concluded CFS had a poor risk management strategy, relied heavily on third parties to comply with regulatory requirements, and was not aware of key obligations when a firm is entrusted with client money and client […]
There was speculation this week that the legal battle between Equitable Life and its former directors and auditors Ernst & Young could reach a settlement.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has started to change the way that people will be told about their pension options. In a recent market study paper, they lay out their final proposals on the information that should be delivered to people approaching retirement and how it should look and feel. During 2015, there will be […]
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Another investment manager offering enterprise investment schemes has alerted clients of a 10 per cent drop in value for one of its portfolios following new Mifid rules. Mifid II, which came into force on 3 January, requires firms to notify clients when the overall value of their portfolio, relative to its value at the beginning of each reporting […]
The recent enquiry by the work and pensions select committee has reignited the debate about the future of collective defined contribution schemes. Whether these sort of schemes can be incorporated into the current UK pensions landscape is a moot point. Let’s consider some of the arguments for and against CDC. First of all, it is […]
Retirement interest-only mortgages are set to become more popular following the FCA removing hurdles to selling them. The regulator sees RIO mortgages as a possible aid to the waves of maturing interest-only loans with no repayment strategy. However, the FCA also wants RIO mortgages to be sold more widely, for example as an additional option […]