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The breeding ground…

The breeding ground for IFAs is moving from the Home Counties to the inner


IFA Bradbury Hamilton, based in London&#39s Blackfriars, has joined forces

with Tower Hamlets College, the City Regeneration project and the Chartered

Institute of Bankers to turn local graduates into IFAs. The venture has

already seen more than 20 graduates through its training school, with

around six finding jobs as IFAs.

With the Law Society losing out in its bid to keep its investment

regulatory role, the FSA is landing in thelegal sector and it is awhole new

world for lawyers doing investment business.


&#39Technology spellsthe end of panels&#39

New technology will soon make IFA product panels redundant, claimsresearch specialist Synaptic Systems.It believes panels restrict choice and do not provide customers with trueindependent advice since they are often restricted to a handful ofcompanies chosen using subjective criteria.Synaptic, which offers software packages to more than 3,000 IFAs, says itssystems allow IFAs to select the most […]

Passive resistance

In light of the recent FSA report, Saving for Retirement, do you expect tosee greater use of Isas in retirement planning?MD: Isas are already used extensively in retirement planning. The FSAreport will, however, add more weight to the use of Isas first before apension. However there are two problems associated with an approach whichseems sensible […]

Cimps could be viable option to stakeholder

Pension experts believe contracted-in money-purchase schemes could becomea viable alternative to group personal pensions and stakeholder foremployers.They predict new pension rules could lead to occupational schemesreversing the trend of recent years, which has seen many occupationalschemes switch to group personal pensions, especially for employers withlarge staff turnover.Under new Government rules, all employers with over five […]

Jupiter hits a rough spot

Last week&#39s departure of Jupiter chief executive John Duffield marked theend of an era for the asset management firm.Having held the top job since he founded the company 14 years ago,Duffield modelled Jupiter around his ideas and unique business style.Following the loss of star fund manager William Littlewood in April,combined with a recent period of […]

Finding security in bond markets

Martin Foden, head of credit research at Royal London Asset Management, explores the role of secured bonds, considering the impact of default and the characteristics of secured bonds versus supranationals and highlighting some examples. He also examines the evolution of the credit market and rating agency inefficiencies. Read the article in full: The value of […]


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