SMP Partners granted Jersey licence

SMP Partners granted Jersey licence

SMP Partners, the Isle of Man-based international corporate and trust service provider, has been granted a licence by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) and opened an office on the island.

Published : 16, Jan 2017
Ex-Harlequin accountants appeal $11.6m UK court order

Ex-Harlequin accountants appeal $11.6m UK court...

UK accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy is appealing against recent a High Court judgement ordering it to pay $11.6m (£9.5m, €10.8m) to Harlequin Property SCG, the company behind the stricken £400m fund.

Published : 16, Jan 2017
Jersey regulator launches campaign against mis-selling

Jersey regulator launches campaign against mis-selling...

The Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) has teamed up with the Personal Finance Society (PFS) to launch a public awareness campaign on investment mis-selling in response to increasing numbers of local investors losing their savings through high-risk investments.

Published : 16, Jan 2017
Portugal introduces wealth tax on properties over €600k

Portugal introduces wealth tax on properties over...

The Portuguese government has introduced a wealth tax on properties valued over €600,000 (£538,572, $660,108) in a move that could benefit thousands of British expats living in the EU-member state.

Published : 16, Jan 2017
SLI launches Sicav version of MyFolio fund range

SLI launches Sicav version of MyFolio fund range...

Standard Life Investments has launched an international version of its suite of multi-asset funds known as MyFolio, which will be initially available to advisers and their clients in Germany.

Published : 16, Jan 2017
IoM global commission disclosure still two years away

IoM global commission disclosure still two years...

Life companies based on the Isle of Man will have to disclose client commission worldwide from January 2019, the head of the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority (IoMFSA) has confirmed.

Published : 16, Jan 2017
SJP faces backlash for escaping 1% exit charge on pensions

SJP faces backlash for escaping 1% exit charge...

St James’s Place, one of Britain’s biggest wealth managers, has come under fire over claims it will not be caught by an incoming cap on exit charges.

Optimus launches Qnups aimed at UK IFA market

Optimus launches Qnups aimed at UK IFA market

Isle of Man-based pension provider Optimus has launched a new qualifying non-UK pension scheme (Qnups) aimed at wealthy individuals hit hard by the UK’s lifetime allowance cap as well as the annual tax taper.

Published : 16, Jan 2017
Allianz favours short duration bonds as market volatility grows

Allianz favours short duration bonds as market...

Interest rate volatility has spiked and investors are urged to stay away from bonds with long maturities, especially in developed markets, according to Allianz Global Investors' chief investment officer, Malie Conway.

Published : 16, Jan 2017
US fiduciary rule critic Scaramucci named in new Trump role

US fiduciary rule critic Scaramucci named in new...

A leading critic of the Department of Labor’s (DoL) upcoming fiduciary rule, which will require pension advisers to act in the best interests of their clients, putting an end to high-commission investment products, has been named as an assistant to president-elect Donald Trump.

Published : 13, Jan 2017
Praemium sees 29% rise in managed funds amid record inflows

Praemium sees 29% rise in managed funds amid record...

Australian-headquartered platform provider Praemium has reported a 29% rise in funds under administration (FUA) for the year to 31 December 2016, driven by record inflows from its international units.

Published : 13, Jan 2017
UK to crackdown on managers responsible for corporate crime

UK to crackdown on managers responsible for corporate...

The UK government is to toughen laws governing fraudulent or dishonest activity by financial services companies to make it easier to successfully prosecute criminal offences such as fraud, money laundering and false accounting.

Published : 13, Jan 2017
Retail investment and robo-advice top SEC’s 2017 priorities

Retail investment and robo-advice top SEC’s 2017...

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has put retail investor protection and robo-advice at the centre of its examinations programme for 2017.

Axa IM launches global ‘robotech’ fund

Axa IM launches global ‘robotech’ fund

Axa Investment Managers has launched a Luxembourg-domiciled global fund focussing on robotics and automation systems, following an active, unconstrained, multi-cap, strategy.

Published : 13, Jan 2017
Nucleus chairman and Skandia founder Paul Bradshaw dies

Nucleus chairman and Skandia founder Paul Bradshaw...

Nucleus chairman and Skandia founder Paul Bradshaw has sadly passed away following a cardiac arrest.

Published : 13, Jan 2017
PEOPLE MOVES: Axa, James Hambro, Fidelity Int’l

PEOPLE MOVES: Axa, James Hambro, Fidelity Int’l...

After 10 years with the business, the chief executive of Axa Global Asset Management has announced she is stepping down. James Hambro & Partners has made three senior staff members partners of the business, with Fidelity International handing five multi-asset open range funds to a new portfolio manager.

Published : 13, Jan 2017
Jailed 1MDB scandal banker ‘spent $8.2m’ on Australia property

Jailed 1MDB scandal banker ‘spent $8.2m’ on Australia...

The former BSI banker Yeo Jaiwei, ‘sentenced beyond the norm’ for witness tampering by a Singapore court, used a Seychelles-based company to spend $8.2m (£10m, €7.7m) on Australian Gold Coast property, the Guardian has reported.

Published : 13, Jan 2017
Asia Pacific ETF assets lag other regions despite record year

Asia Pacific ETF assets lag other regions despite...

Asia Pacific ex-Japan ETF/ETP assets hit a record high of $135bn (£110bn, €127bn) in 2016, but still only account for 4% of the industry's global assets, according to ETFGI.

Published : 13, Jan 2017
Asset managers must ‘innovate and industrialise’

Asset managers must ‘innovate and industrialise’...

The asset management industry is facing an innovation dilemma as it struggles to free itself from encumbered business models and embrace industrialisation, says Matthew Lamb, chief executive of Pacific Asset Management.

Published : 13, Jan 2017
UK charge comparison regime ‘not fit for purpose’

UK charge comparison regime ‘not fit for purpose’...

Key financial illustrations (KFIs) that are intended to help people compare pension and investment product charges in the UK are not fit for purpose and are “the worst possible example of information overload”, says AJ Bell marketing director Billy Mackay.

Published : 12, Jan 2017

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