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        FCA apologises for public warning error

        Professional Adviser | 22 Dec 2014 | 11:20

        The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a public apology for omitting details in a warning notice, which could have alerted consumers to the wrong firm.

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        Banker's Umbrella: Why you need to talk to journalists

        In the second of a new column for Professional Adviser, the quasi-mysterious Banker's Umbrella explains how (good) content is king, and why that is important for every adviser out there....

        Professional Adviser | 22 Dec 2014 | 10:08
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        Engage Mutual merges with Family Investments

        Mutuals Engage Mutual and Family Investments have merged, creating a group with a two million strong customer base.

        Professional Adviser | 22 Dec 2014 | 10:01

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      The government has asked the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to be more transparent in its supervision and enforcement actions, in a review released yesterday.

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      Suarez, selfies and CIPs: A year in review

      There was more to 2014 in financial services than pensions freedom, wasn't there? David Thompson looks back on a busy year, and whether the flurry of changes worked.

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      Why better for clients is better for business

      Clients don’t actually care that much about pensions or ISAs or any other product on the market, writes Lawrence Cook

      Professional Adviser | 17 Dec 2014 | 12:13
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      Professional Adviser | 17 Dec 2014 | 10:21
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      Armchair Critic: The Nutmeg Experience

      Nutmeg sells itself on simplicity and low cost. But for a novice doing something as simple as buying an ISA, that is not exactly how it works, says PA’s Armchair Critic Brendan Llewellyn

      Professional Adviser | 17 Dec 2014 | 10:06
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      The FCA's guide to good and bad practice in ongoing advice

      The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has outlined a number of good and bad practice scenarios around the design and delivery of ongoing advice.

      Professional Adviser | 17 Dec 2014 | 07:18
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      Advisers charging more post-RDR despite lower product prices

      Advisers are charging clients more post-Retail Distribution Review (RDR), despite falling product prices, a consultancy hired by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has found.

      Professional Adviser | 16 Dec 2014 | 11:14
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      FCA concedes RDR has led clients to question value of advice

      The banning of commission on retail investments and the subsequent revelation of the "true cost" of advice has led some clients to consider the value of what their adviser offers, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has conceded.

      Professional Adviser | 16 Dec 2014 | 11:05
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      Clients ‘unaware and unclear’ about ongoing services charges

      About two out of three financial advice clients receive ongoing services but only half understand what they are actually paying for, research from NMG has found.

      Professional Adviser | 16 Dec 2014 | 10:37
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      FCA refers one firm to enforcement over RDR changes

      The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has found increased professionalism in the advice sector and better disclosure of services and charges, but one firm has been referred to enforcement for "insufficiently engaging" with the Retail Distribution Review (RDR).

      Professional Adviser | 16 Dec 2014 | 10:03
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      RDR is working, FCA declares

      The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has declared the Retail Distribution Review (RDR), its "once in a generation" project to revamp the retail investment advice market, is working, though some concerns remain on the costs and labels of advisers' services.

      Professional Adviser | 16 Dec 2014 | 10:00
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      TISA Exchange lauds progress as two-minute transfers reported

      TISA Exchange, the ‘contract club’ launched almost two years ago to facilitate the electronic transfer of assets between platforms, has reported on its "incredible" progress, pointing out transfers that previously took up to three months have on occasion completed within two minutes.

      Professional Adviser | 16 Dec 2014 | 09:44
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      Advice needs to be ‘commoditised’ to attract consumers - Unbiased

      Financial advice should be grouped by type of service and given price tags to break down the barriers consumers often face when shopping for it, Unbiased chief executive Karen Barrett has suggested.

      Professional Adviser | 16 Dec 2014 | 07:59
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      AFH extends fundraising drive as investment nears £2m

      Financial planning and investment management firm AFH has secured £1.9m from investors through unsecured notes and extended its deadline to meet further demand from self-invested personal pension holders.

      Professional Adviser | 16 Dec 2014 | 07:44
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      IFA: Less than 10% of people need advice

      Less than a tenth of the population has complex enough needs to warrant the fees they would pay for advice, and would be better served by guidance, an IFA has said.

      Professional Adviser | 15 Dec 2014 | 12:32
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      MAS adviser directory rules revealed

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      Professional Adviser | 15 Dec 2014 | 12:25

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