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FCA implements SMR principles to govern all firms FCA implements SMR principles to govern all firms

09 Feb 2017 Ken Davy

The FCA is already applying the SMR to major financial institutions, and anticipates extending them to smaller firms, including IFAs, in 2018.

Advisers brand Mifid call recording 'step too far' Advisers brand Mifid call recording 'step too far'

08 Feb 2017

European Union requirements for adviser firms to record all client telephone calls have been branded a 'step too far' by members of the New Model Business Academy.

"'Voluntary agreement' has implications for FSCS" "'Voluntary agreement' has implications for FSCS"

02 Feb 2017 Ken Davy

Even when the subject matter of my weekly column is quite serious, I generally begin with a somewhat light-hearted anecdote. 

SimplyBiz Group announces New Year events programme SimplyBiz Group announces New Year events programme

01 Feb 2017

SimplyBiz group has announced a programme of over 300 face-to-face events for 2017 across the UK.

"PI insurance is no magic wand for FSCS funding" "PI insurance is no magic wand for FSCS funding"

31 Jan 2017 Ken Davy

Sometimes it can be useful to mix metaphors in order to make a point and, in the case of the FCA’s current review of the FSCS funding, I believe it is absolutely essential.

Keeley Paddon: Pension scam cold-callers - we've got your number Keeley Paddon: Pension scam cold-callers - we've got your number

19 Jan 2017

For far too long, says Keeley Paddon, cold-callers and pension scams have been a blight on the pensions sector and it is good to see the authorities finally appear to be grasping the nettle

"Providers can help cull Mickey Mouse products" "Providers can help cull Mickey Mouse products"

18 Jan 2017 Ken Davy

When I picked up my recent copy of Financial Adviser, I thought I must have slept through a few months and woken up on 1 April.  

'A substantial step forward': How FSCS bills could fall by over 60% 'A substantial step forward': How FSCS bills could fall by over 60%

13 Jan 2017

Advisers could see their Financial Services Compensation Scheme contributions cut by as much as 66 per cent under options set out in the FCA’s consultation on overhauling the scheme’s funding.

Make your 'happy' new year come true in 2017 Make your 'happy' new year come true in 2017

12 Jan 2017 Ken Davy

Happy New Year? The question is, how happy and successful is 2017 really going to be for you?  

A day in the life of your client A day in the life of your client

06 Jan 2017 Richard Ardron

There are a lot of new companies coming to market looking to service your clients – most are getting it wrong, but they will disturb, so now is the time to look at how you could enhance what you currently offer.

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The shot in the arm that financial advice needs

April 25, 2018

I was invited to say a few words last week to the first group of 16 apprentices, beginning their two-year journey to becoming fully-fledged financial advisers through the New Model Business Academy’s Apprenticeship Programme.

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SimplyBiz Mortgages adds InterBay to panel

April 23, 2018

SimplyBiz Mortgages has added InterBay Commercial to its specialist lender panel.

SimplyBiz members now have access to commercial and semi-commercial lending, buy-to-let and HMO, and bridging loans.

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New data rules risk triggering claims industry

April 13, 2018

Mark Greenwood, Group Regulatory Policy Manager, acknowledges the new rules in GDPR, but adds some useful context for advisers.

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"30 years on, the principal still carries the can"

April 11, 2018

Ken Davy considers the future of networks given recent court rulings on who carries liability for the actions of Appointed Representatives.

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