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“Yes. The more of us there are in one body the stronger we will become.”

Leslie Chare, Designalife

“Yes. It is confusing for clients to see multiple qualifications – so, if not a merger, at least one qualification listing.”

James Coldicott, Coldicott Financial Services

“I am not bothered. These bodies do nothing for the IFAs, do nothing for the clients, they only serve themselves.I think they all should go jump into the river. They do nothing for their money.”

Alan Wadeson, Aegea Financial Services

“Yes, the sooner we get one professional body to represent us from a professional strength, the better for us as an industry.”

Kim Barrett, KS Barrett & Associates

“Yes. Because as a united body we would have more power in discussions with

the regulators.”

Adrian Cure, Town & County Partnership

“Yes. I think historically the LIA has been perceived as the preserver of the direct sales fraternity, but clearly the market place has changed completely now. We would get along a lot better if we had just one trade body representing the whole industry.”

Stephen Gamble, sole trader

“Yes – because there is strength and safety in numbers.”

David Heath, Chelster Financial Services

yes 85%

No 15%


Parliamentary group castigate Tiner

FSA managing director John Tiner received a grilling from a group of MPs last week at a meeting where he was told Parliament did not approve of the regulator&#39s plans for polarisation. At a meeting between Tiner and MPs and Lords of the all-party Insurance and Financial Services Group, he was told the proposals in […]

Platform Home Loans in new correspondent lending deal

Flagship Homeloans and Solent Mortgage Services have joined a correspondent mortgage lending arrangement with Platform Home Loans to offer products to non-conforming borrowers through intermediaries. All products in Flagship&#39s non-conforming range will be eligible up to 95 per cent loan to value for a 1.6 per cent discount until June 1 2003, plus 0.5 per […]

Simple solutions

Headlines such as “pensions in crisis” may catch the eye but maybe it is time to move on and make concrete proposals about how to deal with the fundamental issues of longer life expectancy and modest long-term returns on saving.The Institute for Public Policy Research believes that a key piece of the puzzle is a […]

NU and Age Concern launch flagship LTC plan

Norwich Union and Age Concern Financial Partnerships have upped the stakes in their bid to jointly control the long-term care market by launching a new flagship product.The Future Assured plan allows policyholders to make a claim for specialist equipment even if they fail only one activity of daily living, while NU says other providers require […]


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