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There will be so many mergers and acquisitions within the financial services industry that the Mergers and Acquisitions Commission will launch an inquiry just before it is merged with the Acquisitions and Mergers Board. It will subsequently be acquired by the Monopolies Commission.

There will be a busy Isa season, with the top sellers being funds of zeros as people rush to buy them after seeing good 12-month figures.

Money Marketing announces a glittering awards dinner for fund managers who have been in the same job for three years or more but it will be cancelled due to only three managers being eligible.

Steve Bee will appear on the Scottish Life (or is it Royal London?) pensions roadshow as Bee Diddy, the pension rapper, to promote the new Scottish Life wrap product.

Japan will be top of the tipsters&#39 list as this year&#39s best market. Japan will be the worst-performing market in 2004.

Mortgage experts will deny that house prices have fallen by 25 per cent and will forecast sustainable and steady growth in house prices for the next five years despite the fact that no one can afford to buy them.


Cazalet says Standard talks reflect concerns

Life industry analyst Ned Cazalet says the FSA investigation into the financial strength of Standard Life reflects his own view that the life office is not as strong as it says it is. Cazalet says Standard&#39s negotiations with the regulator are likely to be based around hammering out an interpretation of the new realistic reporting […]

ABI sets out its stance on savings

We were puzzled to read Mick McAteer&#39s article (Money Marketing, December 4).As he knows, the proposal for standardised savings products, with a simpler sales regime and low charges, was put forward by Ron Sandler in his report of July 2002. Since then, the insurance industry has been working closely with the Government and the FSA […]

FSA&#39s exam review is put on hold over Skills Council list

The exam review has suffered yet another setback, with the FSA telling the industry that it is putting its development on hold until the Skills Council comes up with a list of acceptable exams for IFAs to select from.The FSA is still bent on moving from an “approved” exam regime to an “appropriate” regime, with […]

Pitfalls for small insurance brokers in FSA authorisation

Small insurance brokers need to be careful when completing their applications to become authorised by the FSA as the compliance burden is more onerous than it first appears, says insurance law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain. According to RPC, although the new high street firms application pack is “relatively straightforward” to complete for small firms with […]


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