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 FCA has published a new video for consumers to help them understand pension transfer advice. The video, fronted by Mark Gould from the regulator’s communication team, runs through what clients should expect when discussing a defined benefit transfer with an adviser, and the kind of process advisers should be following with them. At the […]
HSBC is in the running to acquire the Asian assets of Aviva, according to reports. People familiar with the matter say the bank is looking at ways to diversify its business in the region, Bloomberg writes. Plans are currently being drawn up for an offer for at least part of Aviva’s Asian business, but are […]
The former head of South-African headquartered financial services group Old Mutual Limited is suing the firm over wrongful termination, the company has said, as a legal battle between the pair drags on. Earlier this year, it emerged that Old Mutual had fired Peter Moyo over a disagreement around dividend approvals. Old Mutual claims that Moyo […]