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Scottish students first to study Financial Planning Certificate

Students at Edinburgh University School of Law are the first students in the UK to have studied the Financial Planning Certificate 1 as part of the financial services module of their Legal Diploma.

A total of 116 students sat the exam at the end of last year and 113 passed with an average pass rate of 97.4%, considerably higher than the UK average of 62.2%

Using ed. LEARN, students were able to log on and work through the course at their own pace.

Elaine Tyre, deputy director of the diploma course, says: “The students loved ed. LEARN. They could work at their own pace and would frequently go online for twenty or thirty minutes between lectures. If there was something they were unclear about they were be able to goback and look it up, without appearing stupid.

“Whilst the university has no plans to take students beyond FP1 it does believe that students who go on to work in private client practices are likely to complete the Financial Planning Certificate.”


Abbey launches Reward Mortgage

Abbey has launched its Reward Mortgage which gives borrowers regular cashback every two years. The product has a guaranteed lifetime tracker rate of 1.24% above the Bank of England base rate, with no booking fees or early redemption penalties. Reward Mortgage customers will get back 1% of their outstanding mortgage balance every two years, which […]

Abbey goes live with integrated outsourcing solution

Brown Brothers Harriman has announced that Abbey has gone live with Infomediary, BBH&#39s integrated communications outsourcing solution. Abbey is using the messaging capabilities of Infomediary to overcome the data communication challenges of collecting trade instructions from its many external sub-advisers and feeding them directly into its own internal accounting system. Andrew Tucker, partner and head […]

Intermediaries in last chance saloon, says Amity

UK brokers are deluding themselves if they believe they have several months to complete the paperwork necessary to become directly authorised by the FSA on October 31, says Amity Direct. The packager is warning that the real deadline is April 30 and time is running out fast. Julie Hamilton, operations director at Amity Direct, says: […]

It&#39s time to kick out the kickbacks

Some time ago I was talking to the marketing director of a sub-prime lender that I now know promotes and uses deferred marketing allowances as a tool to build volume via packagers. At the time I didn&#39t have the faintest idea DMAs existed. Call me naïve but due to Optoma&#39s almost exclusively prime positioning we […]

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Overseas transfer charge

By Jim Grant, Senior Product Insight & Technical Support Analyst, Royal London Transfers to overseas pension schemes are not recognised transfers unless the transfer is to a Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS). A transfer to an overseas pension scheme that isn’t a QROPS is therefore an unauthorised payment and taxed accordingly. However, even if the […]


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