At an average age of 58, advisers are unlikely candidates for succumbing to the errors of youth. But according to Attivo chief executive Stephen Harper, a stubborn reluctance to relinquish their cottage industry roots is keeping the sector young and dumb...
Advisers should tailor their ongoing services to their clients and don't need to see all of them annually to satisfy an unwritten rule about treating active customers fairly, Prudential head of business consultancy Paul Harrison has said.
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The regulator is not here to protect advisers; it is here, rightly, to champion the needs of the consumer, writes Jamie Farquhar, and that should be the industry's guide for understanding its rules on suitability
Professional adviser body the Personal Finance Society (PFS) has called for the introduction of a product levy to help reduce the regulatory cost for advisers.
Karl Dines applies the Eisenhower Principle to the approaching sunset clause and urges advisory businesses to make dealing with it a priority
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The danger of consumers falling into non-regulated financial advice is increasing and the government must act to increase protection for pensions freedom savers, the Personal Finance Society has said.
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Deciding to sell an advice business is not an easy step. But, Stephen Hagues argues, buyers are keen to retain sellers’ expertise
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 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.
Pensions freedom looks set to spark a renaissance in the advice market, writes Jon Everill...
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