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UK CISI advisers to visit South Africa on fact-finding mission

UK CISI advisers to visit South Africa on fact-finding...Lock icon

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is working with London-based firm Perceptive Planning to organise a fact-finding trip to South Africa in October.

Published : 24, Mar 2017
Singapore regulator calls for end to ‘plague of misconduct’

Singapore regulator calls for end to ‘plague of...

The financial industry continues to be “plagued by egregious misconduct” and requires signficant reform, the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s managing director has said.

Published : 23, Mar 2017
Finance Bill offers no clarity on life policy part surrenders

Finance Bill offers no clarity on life policy...

The Finance Bill failed to shed more light on how HM Revenue & Customs plans to recalculate the gain on partial surrenders when policyholders withdraw money from their life insurance policies the wrong way, says Rachael Griffin, financial planning expert at Old Mutual Wealth.

Gibraltar ‘in danger’ of losing Qrops status

Gibraltar ‘in danger’ of losing Qrops statusLock icon

Gibraltar must put in place a system for regulating personal pensions in just over two weeks to enable the jurisdiction’s Qrops to retain their status and continue to operate in the market.

Published : 21, Mar 2017
Global and gender diversity triumph at CISI awards

Global and gender diversity triumph at CISI awards...

Women accounted for 43% of award winners at the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment’s (Cisi) annual award ceremony with winners representing more countries than ever before.

Published : 20, Mar 2017
Bankers need ‘flexible ethics’ to progress

Bankers need ‘flexible ethics’ to progress

One in eight bankers say it is difficult to progress in their careers without ‘flexible ethical standards’ and sometimes feel it is necessary to ‘bend the rules’, a review by the UK's Banking Standards Board (BSB) has found.

Published : 16, Mar 2017
Four key IHT planning tips for residential nil rate tax band

Four key IHT planning tips for residential nil...

Some changes in inheritance tax law can affect wills and trusts, including the introduction of the first tranche of the Residential Nil Rate Band (RNRB) of £100,000 on 6 April 2017, says Karen Clark, tax partner in charge of the London private client team at RSM.

Published : 15, Mar 2017
Why the new Qrops five-year circumstance change is critical

Why the new Qrops five-year circumstance change...

Many advisers woke up last Thursday morning aware their pipeline Qrops business had just been vastly reduced, says James Pearcy-Caldwell, co-founder of fee-based adviser Aisa International.

Published : 15, Mar 2017
IoM regulator open to dialogue on commission disclosure rules

IoM regulator open to dialogue on commission disclosure...Lock icon

The Isle of Man’s financial regulator has underlined the importance of fine-tuning the scope and timing of its commission disclosure rules for international life companies, amid industry concerns about an unlevel playing field with local companies in markets such as the UAE.

Published : 13, Mar 2017
FCA sharpens scrutiny on pension transfer complaints

FCA sharpens scrutiny on pension transfer complaints...

The Financial Conduct Authority has set out a plan to give better redress to those clients who were given unsuitable advice to transfer out of a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme.

Countries travel at different speeds in global ethics journey

Countries travel at different speeds in global...

Integrity in finance is a global concern but the ethics journey differs country to country, say key members of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

Published : 7, Mar 2017
Understanding estate planning in France

Understanding estate planning in FranceLock icon

Estate planning in France is made far more challenging by ‘forced heirship’ succession law and inheritance tax rates of up to 60%, explains Jason Porter, director of European IFA firm Blevins Franks. The regime is particularly daunting for complex family situations.

Published : 3, Mar 2017
Global transparency drive may catch more firms than Fatca

Global transparency drive may catch more firms...Lock icon

A lot more financial institutions could find themselves caught by the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) requirements despite being exempt from Fatca reporting, Allan Wilkinson, associate director of chartered accountancy firm Buzzacott, has warned.

Published : 2, Mar 2017
Chartered institutes unite to boost financial services sector

Chartered institutes unite to boost financial...

Three financial services institutes have launched the Chartered Body Alliance to help consumers recognise the benefits of engaging with qualified professionals.

Published : 1, Mar 2017
How to avoid being scammed

How to avoid being scammedLock icon

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has revealed the tactics used by investment fraudsters to deceive the over 55s, as it urges the demographic to check investment opportunities are genuine before parting with their money.

Published : 1, Mar 2017
Life companies 'hiding' behind the Law of Agency

Life companies 'hiding' behind the Law of Agency...Lock icon

Life companies should better vet their advisers rather than hide behind the Law of Agency and claim they are not involved in any mis-selling that occurs, says Simon Willoughby, head of proposition at Utmost Wealth Solutions.

Published : 1, Mar 2017
UK redefines financial advice in line with Mifid

UK redefines financial advice in line with Mifid...Lock icon

The UK will go ahead with plans to change the definition of financial advice so that regulated firms will only be giving advice when they provide a personal recommendation.

Published : 28, Feb 2017
Challenging the status quo of an ‘outdated industry’

Challenging the status quo of an ‘outdated industry’...

As independent chartered financial planners and an Investors in People ‘champion’ firm, we aim to defy traditional approaches within the cross border financial marketplace, says Sam Instone, chief executive of AES International.

Published : 28, Feb 2017

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Gibraltar ‘in danger’ of losing Qrops status
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