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Liberté! Egalité! Regulatory! Liberté! Egalité! Regulatory!

19 Jul 2017

With MiFIID II, GDPR and IDD on the horizon, will UK firms be facing a REXIT (regulatory exit) or opening borders to EU legislation? 

Matt Timmins: Advisers are the trusted hands in a chaotic climate Matt Timmins: Advisers are the trusted hands in a chaotic climate

17 Jul 2017

There were many lessons to be learned from the General Election. However, one of the most prevalent is the amount of damage that can be caused when you embark on a campaign to establish a result of which you are not entirely sure.

"Times change, but savings advice is still needed" "Times change, but savings advice is still needed"

17 Jul 2017

One of the most notable years for me was 1963. Jennifer and I had just bought our first house for the princely sum of £1,400, which back then seemed an awful lot of money.

David Ingram: Four successful professional connection approaches - seven lessons

14 Jul 2017

David Ingram draws seven lessons from the distinct approaches of four advisers who demonstrated at the recent SIFA conference the real success they have made of combining legal and financial services

Davy attacks Opperman's 'backward' £25k consumer detriment move Davy attacks Opperman's 'backward' £25k consumer detriment move

12 Jul 2017

SimplyBiz chairman Ken Davy has slammed pension minister Guy Opperman for a ‘backward’ announcement that guaranteed annuity rate (GAR) holders with sub-£30,000 pots will no longer need advice.

So FAMR, so good ... So FAMR, so good ...

11 Jul 2017

12 months since its introduction, what effect is FAMR having on day-to-day business? Can we claim it’s so FAMR, so good?    

Generation game: What are advice firms looking for in potential recruits?

04 Jul 2017

Brains, a willingness to learn and the desire to work as part of a team are key qualities firms are looking for as they seek to identify the next generation of financial advisers, writes Hannah Godfrey.

"Scottish Widows addresses FSCS funding issue" "Scottish Widows addresses FSCS funding issue"

28 Jun 2017

As regular readers of this column will know, I have campaigned for more than two decades for the regulator to radically change how the FSCS is funded.

The new HMRC Trust Registration Service - what advisers need to know The new HMRC Trust Registration Service - what advisers need to know

16 Jun 2017

The new HMRC Trust Registration Service - what advisers need to know

"Treat all those you care for with love while you can" "Treat all those you care for with love while you can"

15 Jun 2017 Ken Davy

As this is my first column for about seven weeks it will be a very personal one and I would like to start by thanking the many hundreds of financial advisers and others in our great profession who have sent messages of condolence and support to me on the sudden loss of my beloved wife, Jennifer. 

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Ken Davy: "Dump those bad apples and embrace SM&CR"

August 10, 2017

It only takes a few rotten apples to add some very big numbers to every good adviser’s FSCS bill, so anything that will help us rid our sector of them is to be welcomed.

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Ken Davy: "Taking a weather check on pension freedoms"

August 02, 2017

BBC weatherman Michael Fish famously failed to forecast the hurricane in October 1987, which overnight destroyed 15m trees and turned the town of Sevenoaks into just one oak.

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Ken Davy: Revised managers' regime will uncover 'reckless and criminal' firms

July 28, 2017

The Financial Conduct Authority’s extension of the senior managers’ regime will help weed out “reckless and criminal firms”, financial adviser support firm SimplyBiz Group says.

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Ken Davy: "Good financial advice means more holiday cash"

July 26, 2017

As you prepare for a well-earned summer break, I urge you to reflect upon some detailed research by ILC-UK into the value of financial advice, which has revealed that even those consumers who are just getting by can be more than £40,000 better off if they receive advice.

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