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Nearly half of advisers think clients are being overcharged, survey finds Nearly half of advisers think clients are being overcharged, survey finds

15 Mar 2017 Tom Hegarty

Almost half of advisers think that some clients are overpaying for the value of service they receive, according to a survey conducted by SimplyBiz's New Model Business Academy (NMBA).

"Singing loudly over FSCS funding consultation" "Singing loudly over FSCS funding consultation"

10 Mar 2017 Ken Davy

In 1959, It’s Now or Never was a massive hit for Elvis Presley, selling more than 5m records and it is no exaggeration to say that it is now or never for you to have your say on how the FSCS is funded.

"The thorny issue of picking a finance body name" "The thorny issue of picking a finance body name"

02 Mar 2017 Ken Davy

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare wrote the immortal line: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  

Smarter Consumer Communications: Removing ineffective disclosure requirements in our Handbook Smarter Consumer Communications: Removing ineffective disclosure requirements in our Handbook

28 Feb 2017 Liz Coyle

In October last year, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) produced policy statement PS16/23, ‘Smarter Consumer Communications: Removing ineffective disclosure requirements in our Handbook’, which outlined a number of changes it would be making surrounding communications.

Richard Nuttall: Enigma! Decoding the upcoming capital adequacy requirements Richard Nuttall: Enigma! Decoding the upcoming capital adequacy requirements

24 Feb 2017 Richard Nuttall

Although new changes to the capital adequacy rules do not take effect until 30 June, Richard Nuttall strongly recommends firms review their financial position at the earliest time possible in case action is needed.

"Tory change of attitude is heart of the matter" "Tory change of attitude is heart of the matter"

22 Feb 2017 Ken Davy

Going head-to-head with one’s editor – in my case the knowledgeable and dynamic Emma Ann Hughes – is always somewhat high risk. However, on this occasion, it is a risk I have to take.  

"FCA needs to find a fairer way to fund the FSCS" "FCA needs to find a fairer way to fund the FSCS"

20 Feb 2017 Ken Davy

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for financial advisers or is it just another train heading towards us?

The real value of robo-advice to advisers The real value of robo-advice to advisers

15 Feb 2017 Matt Timmins

Although it has been just over two years since the UK financial services market began to discuss robo-advice with any seriousness, the term has fast become part of our shared vernacular.

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.

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

June 16, 2017

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

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

June 15, 2017

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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Keeley Paddon: Considerations for a positive DB transfer recommendation - Part 2

June 08, 2017

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NMBA - How Govt's apprentice funding freeze risks the future of advice

June 06, 2017

Existing training providers have seen their funding slashed while advice firms have to wait longer to register their employees for apprenticeship schemes.

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