News

Network’s ultimatum to IFAs: Pass our UCIS test or go restricted

Professional Adviser | 31 Oct 2014 | 10:42 | Regulation

A network is planning to test its independent advisers' knowledge on unregulated collective investment schemes (UCIS), and if they fail, will ask them to become restricted.

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FCA warns of scheme targeting people's pensions through SIPPs

Professional Adviser | 31 Oct 2014 | 10:50 | Regulation

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned of a scheme encouraging pension savers to transfer money from their work pension schemes into self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) to be invested into an AIM listed company.

Sesame: Other firms use ‘pay-to-play' schemes too

Professional Adviser | 31 Oct 2014 | 08:03 | Regulation

Sesame is "not alone" in selling places on its restricted panel of product providers to the highest bidder, executive chairman John Cowan has said, as the network reels from a £1.6m fine for the banned practice.

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Blog: Let’s lift the DFM commission cloud

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Armchair Critic: The destructive dynamic of complexity and regulation

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From the editor: Are we too protective of the word 'advice'?

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Cash is king... but shouldn't it also be managed?

Alistair Hewit, head of cash management at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management UK, explains the benefits of cash as an asset class.

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Five signs your stock is a 'value trap'

Andrew Lyddon, equity analyst at Schroders, explains how to spot a company that looks undervalued, but turns out to be cheap for good reason.

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The Mortgage and Protection Event

17 Nov 2014 - 19 Nov 2014

Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, UK

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Investment Company Forum 2014

25 Nov 2014 - 25 Nov 2014

London, UK

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Equity Release Awards 2014

25 Nov 2014 - 25 Nov 2014

London, UK

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