Debbie Boyes was named Mortgage Adviser of the Year award at the Women’s Financial Adviser Group award ceremony in London’s Dock- lands last Friday. Boyes runs her own mortgage brokerage Debbie J Boyes, which she set up in July 2004, and she has plans to expand her team of four staff. She was previously a […]
Are low interest rates always a good thing? They certainly did not appear to be in Japan. Rising interest rates and the prospect of real dividends from Japanese companies are indicative of a return to health for the Japanese economy and they have been accompanied by a resurgence in the stock-market.
Standard Life is rebranding its suite of retail products with its banking and healthcare businesses simply adopting the Standard Life logo.Standard Life Bank and Standard Life Healthcare will adopt the Standard Life brand currently used by the Life and Pensions business.The provider says Standard Life Investments will retain its individual logo as its customer base […]
Michael Lord has taken over as head of mortgages and credit unions in the small firms division of the FSA.He replaces Andy Watson who has left the FSA.Lord will continue to look after the investment department in the small firms division until February 20. He will be succeeded in the role of head of investments […]
Targeting annuity purchase in lifestyle strategies isn’t anything new but we’ve just lifted the bonnet and injected an enhancement shot into the end-point of these solutions. The recent volatility has shot short-term volatility into equity markets and painted a very turbulent backdrop but we’re also equally faced with a stressed fixed interest environment. This can […]
The pensions dashboard: now there is a good idea, surely? Well, actually no, it is not. To be fair, it sounds like a good idea – a one stop shop where you can see all your various pensions in one place, neat and tidy, lovely and shiny. But there are some problems – quite a […]
When I first started flicking through career guides and thinking about what path to take, I wanted to make sure my job gave me flexibility, the ability to travel and the opportunity to meet people. After researching it, I realised a career in financial planning could tick all these boxes and, so far, my experience […]
The FCA has published the findings of its review into how non-deposit taking mortgage lenders and mortgage third-party administrators handle complaints, concluding that some approaches are “inflexible”. The regulator wanted to see if the processes involved in handling complaints posed a risk to customers, and, in some areas, found room for improvement. While the FCA […]