Financial Planning Week, which starts on 8 May, gives advisers the perfect opportunity to showcase their expertise, meet people in their communities and demonstrate trusted financial advice is close at hand, says Campbell Edgar.
The Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments (CISI) head of financial planning becomes the second guest to feature in Professional Adviser's‘ Adviser Champions' series following the curtain-opening appearance from Personal Finance Society counterpart chief executive Keith Richards.
Edgar goes on to urge planners and advisers to make the most of Financial Planning Week to offer pro-bono advice and show professional financial planning and advice is not necessarily expensive.
Asked what his worst-case scenario for the profession would be, however, Edgar warns of going back to the bad old days of commission-hungry advisers.
He says: "The worst case is a return to the bad old days of the commission-hungry company agents selling inappropriate products where the definition of a successful adviser was how much commission they had earnt. Very naughty days."
You can find out more of Edgar's views on financial advice and planning - including why he would choose the 'caped crusader' Batman as his historical or fictional character to be an Adviser Champion - by clicking on the video at the top of the page.
The Adviser Champions series of video interviews offers insight into how figures from inside and around the world of financial advice see such issues as recruiting new talent to the sector, the impact of regulation, the dangers of jargon and the challenges and opportunities posed by robo-advice.
If you would like to put your own or a colleague's name forward for consideration to take part in the series, please email Julian Marr
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