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"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.

"'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.

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"If you do not understand bitcoin, stay away"

February 14, 2018

In his latest blog, Ken Davy, SimplyBiz Group Chairman, advises against investing in something you can't see, hold or touch.

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Centra impresses Ian McKenna

February 13, 2018

Ian McKenna, Director at the Financial & Technology Research Centre, has taken a look at SimplyBiz's new investment system, Centra, and is impressed with what he's seen.

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"Why advisers should consider getting extra support in their business"

February 07, 2018

With delegation the key to business success, Tom Hegarty, Managing Director of NMBA, discusses why many advisers should consider getting extra support.

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"Harnessing technology to advance your business"

February 01, 2018

Be it due to the continued march of technology or the equally remorseless march or regulation, the world of financial services is facing continuous change.

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