Concern about Compliance with MiFID II

Concern that over one third of financial services are unsure if they are MiFID II compliant What is MiFID II? MiFID II is an EU Directive which comes into force January 3rd 2018. Its purpose is to offer greater protection for investors and create greater transparency in all asset classes: from equities to fixed income, […]

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IFAs remain resilient despite rise in robo-advice

Despite the rise in the use of robots as employees in the workplace, IFAs remain adamant that such technology will not replace their human face-to-face investment advice. Although robots and automation are increasingly infiltrating the financial services industry, experts argue that there are certain matters which robot advice cannot be used for; robo-advice generally focuses […]

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The Week in Numbers – 17th November

The Week in Numbers – 17th November 24% – Proportion of calls not answered by HMRC staff. MPs have criticised the tax office’s performance calling it “completely unacceptable” £500 – Amount each new employer using The People’s Pensions for auto-enrolment will be charged in 2016 9 – Number of insurers on the Financial Stability Board’s “Too […]

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The Week in Numbers – 26th October

The Week in Numbers 34% – Year on year rise in SIPP claims reported by the Financial Ombudsman Service, from 210 in Q3 2014 to 281 in the same quarter this year 10 Years – Length of SIPP administration deal agreed between Curtise Banks and Zurich 100 – Number of Sanlam Wealth Planning employees whose […]

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The Week in Numbers – 14th September

The Week in Numbers – 14th September 50% – Rise in protection sales reported by LV= in the first half of the year. Total life sales hit £869m, with profits of £12m £8bn – Size of Jupiter’s Merlin fund range. Jupiter’s John Chatfield-Roberts has stepped down as CIO to focus on managing the funds 2.83% […]

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The Week in Numbers 11th June

The Week in Numbers – 11th June 2015 8.7% – Year on year rise in the number of loans approved in April, from 105,394 to 114,628 according to the Bank of England 193% – Year on year increase in the number of people using an equity release plan to pay off their interest-only mortgage, from […]

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