Better Business

        Judge's gavel

        Ex-adviser pleads guilty to 24 fraud charges

        Ex-financial adviser Alok Dhanda has pleaded guilty to a total of 24 counts of fraud in relation to an alleged Ponzi scheme.

        Professional Adviser | 28 Nov 2014 | 17:02

        Connecting the regulatory dots: Working with the FCA just got easier

        Aileen Lynch looks at the revamped FCA Connect application and notification system

        Professional Adviser | 28 Nov 2014 | 15:01

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      Personal Touch network appoints CEO

      Personal Touch has appointed Jane Cross, formerly finance and IT director, as the network's chief executive officer.

      Professional Adviser | 28 Nov 2014 | 12:09
      Resignation letter

      Simply? Impossible: The reality behind the FCA’s latest theory on suitability letters

      The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) wants suitability letters to be customer focused, not geared to protecting the firm’s position, and short. But that is virtually impossible, say advisers

      Professional Adviser | 28 Nov 2014 | 11:08

      New adviser entries outnumber exits by 40% in 2014

      The number of advisory businesses entering the industry this year outnumbered those leaving by almost 40%, according to new research.

      Professional Adviser | 28 Nov 2014 | 07:36
      Money down drain

      Consumers should pay for guidance guarantee - adviser

      Consumers should pay a share of the cost of the guidance guarantee, or they will fail to value the service, an adviser has argued.

      Professional Adviser | 28 Nov 2014 | 07:30

      Guidance guarantee fee cut to save advisers up to £4m a year - APFA

      The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) has welcomed new proposals to fund the guidance guarantee set out by the regulator today, saying it could save the advice industry £2m-£4m a year.

      Professional Adviser | 27 Nov 2014 | 16:00

      ‘The RDR is only partially working': The world according to IFP chief Steve Gazzard

      IFP chief executive Steve Gazzard on ‘regulated selling', advice versus planning and a new project dissecting conflicts of interest...

      Professional Adviser | 27 Nov 2014 | 07:45

      Advice firm ordered to repay £7k fee to unhappy client

      An IFA has been ordered to repay a £7,400 upfront fee it received from a client who subsequently felt its recommendations were inappropriate, following a final decision from the ombudsman.

      Professional Adviser | 27 Nov 2014 | 07:36

      Which seven IFAs picked up a 2014 Gold Standard Award?

      The winners of the 12th Gold Standard Awards, hosted by Professional Adviser and Investment Week publisher Incisive Media, were celebrated at a special ceremony at the House of Commons last night.

      Professional Adviser | 27 Nov 2014 | 01:14

      FOS suggests Arck unsuitable for all but sophisticated investors

      Three investments in off-plan property firm Arck totalling £45,000 were too high risk and complex for a client, the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has ruled, despite the adviser's claims he had previously invested in similar schemes.

      Professional Adviser | 26 Nov 2014 | 13:15

      Axa Wealth to scrap platform drawdown and pension charges

      Axa Wealth is to drop charges associated with drawdown and its Pension Investment Account on its Elevate platform.

      Professional Adviser | 26 Nov 2014 | 11:30

      Simplified advice: How simple should your new model be?

      Thinking of building a simplified advice proposition? Here's what to look out for to minimise the risks to both you and your clients, writes Neil Walkling...

      Professional Adviser | 26 Nov 2014 | 09:55

      Industry missing 'regulated selling' says IFP chief

      Policymakers missed an opportunity to narrow the advice gap by failing to make room for ‘regulated selling' in the RDR reforms, Institute of Financial Planning (IFP) chief executive Steve Gazzard has said.

      Professional Adviser | 26 Nov 2014 | 07:54

      Don't do it! Half of advisers don't back their profession as a career choice

      A mere half of financial advisers would recommend the profession as a career choice to a family member, new research suggests.

      Professional Adviser | 25 Nov 2014 | 13:38

      Financial adviser numbers up 5% on eve of RDR levels

      The number of financial adviser has risen slightly in the post-Retail Distribution Review (RDR) years, though has dipped since January, new figures have shown.

      Professional Adviser | 25 Nov 2014 | 10:53

      Warning over 'fake' offshore bank

      Banking regulators in Jersey have warned consumers and investors not to deal with a bank claiming to operate in the Channel Islands.

      Professional Adviser | 25 Nov 2014 | 07:40

      ‘Why oh why would Aviva want to take over Friends?' Industry reacts to deal talk

      The industry has reacted with confusion and concern to Aviva's intention to takeover smaller rival Friends Life, with fears a merged insurer will mean worse customer service and less competition.

      Professional Adviser | 24 Nov 2014 | 14:42

      IFP partners with FCA on ‘conflicts of interest' project

      The Institute of Financial Planning (IFP) is in discussions with the regulator about drawing up a definitive list of possible conflict of interest scenarios that crop up during the advice and planning process.

      Professional Adviser | 24 Nov 2014 | 12:02


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