A few weeks ago, after one of those industry seminars which you find yourself attending for some mysterious reason and then wonder why you bothered, an IFA asked me what criteria I use to decide what topic to write about this column.
The FSA’s internal report into the Northern Rock crisis has revealed a startling catalogue of regulatory failures, including basic mistakes such as not recording key meetings.The report by its internal audit division, covering supervision of the bank between January 1, 2005 and August 9, 2007, when the crisis became apparent, uncovers huge failings on the […]
The continuing fall-out from the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) review, the rise of the private GP and digital engagement will be the primary focuses in the private healthcare industry during 2015, according to Iain Laws, managing director, healthcare and group risk, at Jelf Employee Benefits.
The Pensions Regulator has agreed to share market intelligence on defined benefit transfers on a regular basis with the FCA and The Pensions Advisory Service so trustees can ensure members fully understand the risks involved. In a new formal agreement, TPR will share its reports on DB market intelligence roughly every two weeks with the […]
Advisers explain how out-of-town offices are preferable to city centres and why the retirement market is key It is easy for outsiders to make assumptions about the North East based on the so-called North/South divide. While acknowledging the real challenges in this part of the UK, local advisers are keen to highlight the positives that […]
Advisers are questioning the value that best-buy fund lists have after Hargreaves Lansdown’s opinion-splitting decision to reform its flagship Wealth 150. According to a recent report from consultancy Platforum, 61 per cent of advisers use the services of fund research agencies, while an increasing number of providers and fund supermarkets are launching lists of the […]