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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.

"'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.

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"I am very pleased with the service and can’t imagine I would ever leave SimplyBiz"

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The Financial Planning Centre

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The vulnerability issue

December 12, 2017

Vital as it is to demonstrate compliance with the regulations on protecting vulnerable clients, writes Gary Kershaw, the FCA's guidelines really only formalise the warning signs advisers should be adept at reading.

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"Trouble finding an apprentice? Here's why"

December 06, 2017

Last week, we were informed of another stumbling block on the government’s disaster-filled path towards putting a viable apprenticeship funding plan in place.  

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"Enthusiasm, courage and goals lead to success"

November 27, 2017

By the time I left school at the age of 15, with no qualifications, I had been called a few choice names by my teachers and received many predictions about where my future lay.

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Staffcare relaunches as Zest and introduces cutting-edge employee benefits technology

November 22, 2017

Staffcare, one of the leading pioneers of the employee benefits market, today announced that it is relaunching its business as Zest and, simultaneously, launching its new benefits technology platform.

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