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Turner Review: Aifa warn against stifling economic recovery

The Association of Independent Financial Advisers has warned that an “overly robust regulator” could stifle an economic recovery.

Responding to the Turner Review, Aifa director general Chris Cummings has cautioned against the rushed implementation of additional regulation.

He says: “In a global profession we should not underestimate the impact and consequences of altering capital and regulatory requirements for the banking sector.

“Aifa believes that there could be the risk of an overly robust regulator stifling an economic recovery and creativity in the financial markets. We should be particularly mindful of introducing reforms in this country without agreement and consensus at both a European and global level. Without this then the financial services industry in the UK could be placed at a real competitive disadvantage.”

Cummings says the FSA must be mindful that any regulatory changes do not adversely affect other sections of the industry.

He says: “We will study these proposals in detail to ensure they provide the best outcome for the IFA profession, the wider industry and most importantly consumers.”


Advisers are urged to check collateral risk

Advisers should look at whether issuers of capital-protected structured products are covered by collateral arrangements when gauging risk, warns Schroders structured investments manager John Teahan.

Europe outlook: Greek gridlock and Italian banks

By Rob Burnett, Investment Director, Head of European Equities As investors await a resolution of Greece’s repayment difficulties, we anticipate a period of consolidation in the European market over the next few weeks. Our base case is that the Greek government and the European Central Bank (ECB) will come to a solution, particularly given the […]


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