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Update on Equity Release qualification and permission Update on Equity Release qualification and permission

24 May 2017

Towards the close of 2016, the FCA released a Consultation Paper (CP16/24) looking at the possibility of investment and pension firms without mortgage permissions being able to advise on the equity release market provided they had an adviser who passed either a standalone qualification or a top-up to existing pension and investment qualifications.

Darlington BS join SimplyBiz Mortgages panel Darlington BS join SimplyBiz Mortgages panel

16 May 2017

SimplyBiz Mortgages has announced that Darlington Building Society has joined its lender panel.

Aileen Lynch: Changes to FCA debt counselling permissions Aileen Lynch: Changes to FCA debt counselling permissions

08 May 2017

On 20 March, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) produced a regulatory publication to inform firms that held 'debt counselling' activity they are likely to hold the incorrect limitation, writes Aileen Lynch.

"Those in glass houses should not throw stones" "Those in glass houses should not throw stones"

03 May 2017 Ken Davy

As I read first the regulator’s Sector Views paper and then Emma Ann Hughes’ article “Why you are better value for money than the regulator”, published on the 21 April, a well-known saying came to mind – one featuring glass houses and stones.

"Three cheers for FAMR one year on" "Three cheers for FAMR one year on"

27 Apr 2017 Ken Davy

Regulator released Financial Advice Market Review recommendations and updates on progress

"The historic significance of pension freedoms" "The historic significance of pension freedoms"

19 Apr 2017 Ken Davy

On my first day in financial services in 1970, I was taught about the vital importance of the Life Assurance Act of 1774, which introduced insurable interest.

"Spring into technology and grow your client base" "Spring into technology and grow your client base"

12 Apr 2017 Ken Davy

Spring is a wonderful time for new growth as the trees blossom and flowers emerge to brighten even the smallest of gardens. So what better time could there be to look at the positive opportunities emerging to grow the number of financial advisers available to serve consumers and increase their effectiveness?

SimplyBiz extends partnership with Mortgage Brain SimplyBiz extends partnership with Mortgage Brain

12 Apr 2017 Martin Reynolds

SimplyBiz Mortgages has extended its partnership with Mortgage Brain to continue offering the Key, MortgageBrain Classic and MortgageBrain Anywhere to its members as part of its reward programme.

"Get to grips with the softer side of advice" "Get to grips with the softer side of advice"

11 Apr 2017 Tom Hegarty

Financial advisers have a unique skill set, which consists of technical knowledge, adherence to regulation and ethics, business skills to remain profitable, and interpersonal skills, which many would say are the most important, as these will determine whether an adviser is successful or not.

'Platforms should contribute to FSCS levy' - Ken Davy 'Platforms should contribute to FSCS levy' - Ken Davy

06 Apr 2017 Ken Davy

Ken Davy has called on platforms to contribute to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme's (FSCS) levy alongside advisers, in response to the regulator's consultation on the scheme's funding system.

Latest News

Update on Equity Release qualification and permission

May 24, 2017

Towards the close of 2016, the FCA released a Consultation Paper (CP16/24) looking at the possibility of investment and pension firms without mortgage permissions being able to advise on the equity release market provided they had an adviser who passed either a standalone qualification or a top-up to existing pension and investment qualifications.

Read more >

Darlington BS join SimplyBiz Mortgages panel

May 16, 2017

SimplyBiz Mortgages has announced that Darlington Building Society has joined its lender panel.

Read more >

Aileen Lynch: Changes to FCA debt counselling permissions

May 08, 2017

On 20 March, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) produced a regulatory publication to inform firms that held 'debt counselling' activity they are likely to hold the incorrect limitation, writes Aileen Lynch.

Read more >

"Those in glass houses should not throw stones"

May 03, 2017

As I read first the regulator’s Sector Views paper and then Emma Ann Hughes’ article “Why you are better value for money than the regulator”, published on the 21 April, a well-known saying came to mind – one featuring glass houses and stones.

Read more >