The FSA has extolled the values of holistic financial planning. It has dictated the need for high levels of qualification. It insists that key features documents are distributed with each recommendation and, of course, it has approved those key features documents as authentic consumer-orientated information sheets which enable customers to assess the products which they wish to buy.
Scottish Equitable Protect is to provide guaranteed rates on life with critical-illness protection from February 14.
Zurich Mortgage Network director Richard Coulson has accepted a key role within the Zurich Advice Network. Specific appointments have not yet been finalised but Coulson will be offered a significant senior role in the sales management team. His replacement is yet to be confirmed. ZAN will be rebranded as Openwork in the summer.
Norwich Union is introducing a guaranteed version of its with-profits fund, which offers full capital protection after a five year term for an additional 0.5 per cent charge over its standard annual management charge.The guarantee is available from 7 February and this replaces a free five-year guarantee promotion that has been running for the past […]
Trapped between expectations for near double-digit returns and strong apprehensions about investing in persistently volatile markets, investors worldwide are of the opinion that professional financial advice is worth the fee. But even though they believe individuals who work with a financial professional are more likely to achieve their goals, investors have a clear vision of […]
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