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Is it a duck? Or a swan? Is it a duck? Or a swan?

19 Jul 2017

I was always taught that if it looks like a duck, quacks likes a duck and swims like a duck, the chances are it is a duck, even if an expert tries to convince you it is a swan.

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

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"How turning a blind eye got us to where we are now"

July 18, 2018

It was not many years ago when it became virtually impossible for anyone to obtain PI cover at a reasonable premium. Such was the crisis that the then regulator, the FSA, turned a blind eye to the fact that over a thousand firms were trading without PI insurance.

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How to help clients create a lasting power of attorney - CPD article

July 16, 2018

Buzz Aldrin’s recent decision to sue his family for mismanagement of his finances has, quite rightly, reminded advisers across the pond that those appointed to make decisions on a client’s behalf need to be selected with the utmost care.

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Global markets are set up for stock pickers, say industry heavyweights at SimplyBiz Group Advice Show

July 10, 2018

Geopolitical changes are creating the ideal investment environment for stock pickers, according to industry experts speaking at the most recent Advice Show.

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"Hello, have you been mis-sold an accident claim?"

July 05, 2018

I am sure you will have been delighted to note that, at long last, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is going to formally regulate the ambulance chasers.

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