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Standard Life

Standard Life walked off with Company of the Year for the second year in a row. Second place again went to Norwich Union while third went to Scottish Provident. Standard Life chief executive (UK operations) Jim Stretton says: &#34We are delighted to have been named Company of the Year. This is a tribute to our staff who have continued to deliver top levels of customer service. We firmly believe that the single most important factor where we differ from the competition to strive not only to meet expectations but to exceed them.&#34 Norwich Union spokeswoman Liz Maw says: &#34It is still an achievement to be awarded for all we do. We believe we have been recognised for our work with IFAs in terms of marketing support and product development.&#34


Solicitors face double burden

Solicitors who give financial advice are worried they will face the burdenof two sets of regulation when the Financial Services and Markets Billtakes effect.They are currently regulated solely by the Law Society but responsibilityfor financial business will pass to the FSA this year.The concerns were voiced at the Solicitors for Independent FinancialAdvice annual conference last […]

Investment View

I am not much of a football fan but last week definitely looked like agame of two halves. A lacklustre opening for the week turned into quitespring-like behaviour as technology issues shrugged off the gloom that hassurrounded them recently. I admit to becoming a little nervous over theprospects for our own technology conference due in […]

Standard mails members to show how mutuality outperforms plcs

Standard Life is firing the opening salvo in defence of its mutuality thisweek by writing to its 2.3 million members outlining how the mutual hasoutperformed its plc rivals.The mailing will claim the possibility of “one-off windfalls of uncertainvalue in two years do not justify demutualisation.The document will highlight how payouts from Standard&#39s life and pensionpolicies […]

FSA joins Aifa forum to restore stability on PI

The FSA is to join an Aifa forum on the professional indemnity market in abid to dispel fears of a retrospective review.The forum, which will meet three times a year, is part of a step-by-stepplan that Aifa has drawn up to help restore “order and stability” to the PImarket for IFAs and drive down the […]


Guide: reporting to the Pensions Regulator — what and when?

Johnson Fleming has published a step-by-step guide demonstrating the importance of record keeping and reporting, and how it can ensure you operate a successful scheme. The guide takes you through some key questions you need to ask and identifies the information you need to obtain. The topics include: why you need to keep records and the benefits of doing this; registering your scheme; what information you need to record to ensure you meet the Pensions Regulator’s requirements; and what items need to be recorded and when.


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