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A balanced view A balanced view

20 Jul 2017

Ronnie Taylor of Scottish Widows sets out his views on FSCS funding below, with an introduction from Ken Davy.

Liz Coyle: Liberté! Fraternité! FCA! Liz Coyle: Liberté! Fraternité! FCA!

19 Jul 2017

Brexit means an awful lot is up in the air but, says Liz Coyle, it is worth summarising what we do know will be happening to UK financial services regulation over the next few years as a result of changes to EU legislation

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.

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"Firstly, you need to understand that Sesame may not tell you the truth with regard to 'the world outside Sesame' - I would suggest to you that you should believe nothing. If you leave they lose a stream of revenue. They may tell you that the FSA will be making it harder for small businesses operating outside the sphere of the network. Do not believe them.

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