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      Solicitors and accountants 'still don't know' what RDR means - Prudential

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      Professional Adviser | 16 Oct 2014 | 12:42

      SIFA: Regulator ‘completely messed up’ independence definition

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      Professional Adviser | 16 Oct 2014 | 12:33

      SimplyBiz launches training and competence scheme

      SimplyBiz has launched a scheme to help heads of advice firms meet the regulatory requirements around competence and training of their advisers.

      Professional Adviser | 16 Oct 2014 | 10:50

      FOS keen to shed anti-adviser reputation, says chief Wayman

      The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) is determined to shed its reputation as an anti-adviser body, its chief executive has said.

      Professional Adviser | 16 Oct 2014 | 08:05

      Failed network's liquidators chase ARs for millions in FSCS payouts

      The former appointed representatives (ARs) of failed network Alpha 2 Omega (A2O) are facing multi-million pound legal claims as the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) tries to claw back the money it paid to mis-sold investors.

      Professional Adviser | 15 Oct 2014 | 12:35

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      Professional Adviser | 15 Oct 2014 | 11:46
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      Professional Adviser | 15 Oct 2014 | 09:42

      Adviser who stole from client's pension ordered to pay back £250k

      An adviser who stole more than £200,000 from a client's pension has now been ordered to pay it back, plus interest, as well as serve three years in prison.

      Professional Adviser | 14 Oct 2014 | 13:14

      HSBC ordered to refund trail commission to retiree

      Banking giant HSBC has been told to return the trail commission it took from a retiree for ongoing pensions advice it never delivered.

      Professional Adviser | 13 Oct 2014 | 07:45
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      European Parliament has given the green light for Lord Jonathan Hill to be European Union (EU) financial services commissioner, despite facing tough questioning from sceptical MEPs.

      Professional Adviser | 09 Oct 2014 | 15:52

      National IFA attacks Lib Dem 'anti-savings agenda'

      National IFA LEBC has attacked the Liberal Democrats' leader Nick Clegg's recently outlined future tax proposals, saying they amount to an "anti-savings agenda".

      Professional Adviser | 09 Oct 2014 | 08:01

      FCA data shows advice firm numbers static despite RDR

      Figures published by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) show the number of authorised investment advice firms has roughly stayed the same over the last eight years.

      Professional Adviser | 08 Oct 2014 | 12:56

      Two HSBC directors quit over jail threat

      Two directors of HSBC's UK arm are poised to quit in protest at new Bank of England rules that pave the way for lengthy jail sentences to be imposed on senior managers of failed lenders, according to reports.

      Professional Adviser | 08 Oct 2014 | 08:05
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      Only one in four advisory firms operates a social media policy for staff despite its increasing use and growing scrutiny from the regulator, research suggests.

      Professional Adviser | 08 Oct 2014 | 08:01

      The secrets behind successful fund selection

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      Professional Adviser | 07 Oct 2014 | 13:49

      Everything advisers need to know about the new intestacy laws

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      Professional Adviser | 07 Oct 2014 | 13:44



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