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Weale approved as MPC member

Economist Dr Martin Weale has been approved as a member of the monetary policy committee. He was provisionally appointed by the Treasury in July. Weale is a director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

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IFP develops level six degree

The Institute of Financial Planning has developed a level six equivalent financial planning degree with Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. The four-year financial services planning and management undergraduate course will run from September 2011 once it has been approved by the FSA. It will be predominantly knowledge-based, though units will also cover financial planning soft […]

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The value of training

Although it may seem strange, I am rather relieved that news from Aviva’s latest retail distribution review update suggests changes to business models rather than examinations are now advisers’ primary concerns when it comes to being ready for the RDR. As I have identified several times in this column in recent months, achieving the necessary […]

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Solving the Qrops question

HMRC might want to consider a new name for Qrops, given the growing belief that these offshore plans are the next misselling scam waiting to happen. Perhaps they should rebrand them MQPROPS – maybe qualifying, possibly recognised overseas pension schemes – because the current name does little to dampen down the wild claims that some […]

Adviser Fund Index

The rise of exchange-traded funds is one of the biggest product stories of the past decade. Demand for low-cost stockmarket exposure and access to alternatives pushed global ETF assets from less than $100bn in 2000 to in excess of $1tn in 2009, according to BlackRock. Product choice has also expanded rapidly and investors are able […]

Rayner Spencer Mills: Why we rate the Artemis Global Growth Fund

Ken Rayner and Graham O’Neill from RSM explain why they rate the fund, its investment process and how it can be used in a portfolio. The Artemis Global Growth Fund became a RSM ‘rated’ fund earlier this year. In this video, Ken Rayner and Graham O’Neill explain the fund’s investment approach, why they rate it, […]

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