Towry chief: Independence a possibility after Ashcourt Rowan deal

        Professional Adviser | 27 Feb 2015 | 11:03

        Restricted advice group Towry is evaluating its house view on structured products and investment trusts following its acquisition of national IFA Ashcourt Rowan, in a move which could see the combined business registered as independent.


        Lighthouse returns to profit as adviser revenues rise

        Lighthouse Group returned to profit last year with pre-tax gains of £600,000 compared to a £1.6m loss in the previous 12 months, latest results show.

        Professional Adviser | 26 Feb 2015 | 07:44

        Consolidator Attivo Group acquires 200-client IFA

        Adviser firm consolidator Attivo Group has acquired Reading-based IFA Sanderson Financial Consulting for an undisclosed sum - the first of what it hopes will be 12 purchases in 2015.

        Professional Adviser | 10 Feb 2015 | 10:25

    Other RDR articles

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      Re-awakening: Why pensions freedom will spark an advice market renaissance

      Pensions freedom looks set to spark a renaissance in the advice market, writes Jon Everill...

      Professional Adviser | 02 Feb 2015 | 15:30

      Ex-Treasury minister Mark Hoban to exit politics

      Ex-Treasury minister Mark Hoban is to quit parliament from May.

      Professional Adviser | 23 Jan 2015 | 13:18
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      RP Poll: Should simplified advice be commission based?

      In this week’s RP Poll we ask readers whether commission should be brought back in a limited form…

      Professional Adviser | 23 Jan 2015 | 11:21

      Will 2015 finally offer some R&R from RDR?

      The financial advice industry may finally be ready to move on from the biggest regulatory upheaval in decades, but what other challenges lie ahead, asks Aileen Lynch...

      Professional Adviser | 23 Jan 2015 | 10:39

      Simplified advice could include ‘limited’ return to commission

      Simplified advice could include an element of commission on a limited range of products to ensure people can actually afford to see a financial planner, Sheriar Bradbury has said.

      Professional Adviser | 20 Jan 2015 | 12:46

      Financial planning ambassador rues 'abuse' of advice terms

      The head of the organisation charged with promoting and setting standards for financial planning around the world believes it is possible to communicate its value to a UK public already sceptical about broader financial services.

      Professional Adviser | 19 Jan 2015 | 11:34

      Holistic approach: How RDR has changed adviser training

      Adviser training and education is a fast changing world post-RDR, writes Nick French

      Professional Adviser | 16 Jan 2015 | 08:36

      Taking control: How to set a successful pricing model

      In the third and final article in PA's 'empowering your business' series, Andy Coleman considers how to create a successful pricing model...

      Professional Adviser | 12 Jan 2015 | 14:32

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      Small firms ‘hanging on' to trail income, says consolidator

      Small firm consolidation in the financial advice market has yet to materialise as predicted because many owners are "hanging on" to the trail commission they earn on pre-Retail Distribution Review (RDR) business, according to one acquirer.

      Professional Adviser | 15 Dec 2014 | 11:06

      Advisers can discover commission switch-off events with new tool

      A tool allowing advisers to discover when providers will switch commission payments off on pre-Retail Distribution Review (RDR) business has been launched.

      Professional Adviser | 08 Dec 2014 | 07:31


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