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Treasury appoints Crosby to chair credit crunch working group

Former HBOS chief executive Sir James Crosby has signed on to chair a Treasury credit crunch working group.

The group will look at ways to boost confidence and encourage people to invest in the mortgage-backed securities market again.

It is believed Crosby, who left HBOS in 2006, will recruit other prominent members of the mortgage and investment industries. The group is expected to publish an interim report by the summer.


Sense of gilt

In recent weeks, the gilt market has been mov-ing to a global rhythm rather than a specifically UK one. The UK has its own market idiosyncrasies which are apparent in the shape of the UK gilt yield curve compared with the US and European curves but the dominant global theme remains the credit crisis and the liquidity crunch accompanying it.

Objectivity holds the key

A consequence of principle-based regulation is that interpretations of principles can vary enormously and this carries the risk of market failure. This is why the original platform paper highlighted, among others, two potential causes of market or regulatory failure.First, that the introduction of new incentives may exacerbate the possibility that moving assets between platforms may […]

Professional bodies sign declaration on standards

Four professional bodies, including the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Institute of Financial Planning, have signed a joint declaration of principles setting out how they will supervise advisers in the future.

JP Morgan fund aiming to tap into global trends

JP Morgan has launched a fund that taps into the growing consumer and behavioural patterns in both Western and Eastern markets.The global consumer trends fund will be managed by Peter Kirkman. It invests in 40 to 100 stocks focusing on the three main investment opportunities of demographic changes, wellness and health and aspirations and luxury.Head […]

Parental leave and pensions

Fiona Hanrahan  – Senior Product Insight and Technical Support Analyst We are often asked how parental leave impacts workplace pension schemes in terms of funding in general, auto enrolment and salary exchange. This article will explain each of these. How does parental leave impact the funding of workplace pension schemes? A member of a defined […]


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