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Suitability reports not up to scratch

Law firm CMS Cameron McKenna warned advisers at the Personal Finance Society annual conference this week that suitability reports are failing to meet FSA standards, exposing firms to possible regulatory action.



DWP may allow low earners to work and claim pension

The Department for Work and Pensions is considering allowing people who choose to continue working after the retirement age to claim a pension and keep all of their wages. According to the Telegraph, the DWP is considering scrapping rules that mean workers on low and medium wages lose their entitlements to pension credit once they […]

Investec to launch first European sub-prime securitisation since crisis

Investec is about to launch a £250m securitisation of “non-standard” mortgages, which will include sub-prime loans, according to a report in the FT. If the deal goes ahead it would be the first time that sub-prime loans have been securitised in Europe since the financial crisis. The portfolio will consist of standard prime loans, “non-standard”, […]

Geoghegan to quit HSBC

HSBC chief executive Michael Geoghegan is set to step down at the end of this year after being overlooked for the vacant chairman’s role. According to the FT, he will be replaced by the head of the group’s investment bank Stuart Gulliver. The news comes as HSBC looks set to announce that chief financial officer […]

IFP back in black and repays directors

The Institute of Financial Planning says it made a surplus of £84,000 in 2009 and has paid back two directors who loaned the trade body £75,000 in 2008. The IFP made a £108,000 loss in the year to December 31, 2008 and borrowed money from directors to help pay for its conference. It borrowed £50,000 […]

Brexit Commentary from Natixis Global Asset Management

By David F Lafferty, CFA, SVP – Chief Market Strategist Thursday’s historic Leave vote in the UK will have both immediate and long-term consequences for the global economy and financial markets. The initial flight-to-quality reaction across asset classes has been exacerbated by the market’s misplaced confidence in a Remain victory leading up to the vote. Stock markets […]


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