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      Professional Adviser | 15 Sep 2014 | 09:47

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      Professional Adviser | 05 Sep 2014 | 12:27

      Investment Committee Insider: Three top portfolio mistakes

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      Seven golden rules to buying an IFA practice

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      Professional Adviser | 03 Sep 2014 | 10:44

      Facing RDR: One adviser's story coaxing clients to fees

      Adviser Kim Barrett has contacted more than 440 commission-paying clients to discuss moving to the firm's fee-based wealth service. What do you imagine the sign-up rate has been?

      Professional Adviser | 02 Sep 2014 | 11:12

      Guest editor Lee Robertson: From clumsy beginnings...

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      Professional Adviser | 01 Sep 2014 | 11:29

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      Professional Adviser | 29 Aug 2014 | 15:36

      Armchair Critic: I want an IFA who knows whose money it is

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      Professional Adviser | 28 Aug 2014 | 12:01

      To defer or not to defer; the state pension dilemma

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      Professional Adviser | 26 Aug 2014 | 12:35

      Mark Polson: The hell with strategy and 'big picture' - find what matters

      You might think listening to tousle-haired 'strategists' will bring you success, but, writes Mark Polson, sometimes you simply have to find the little things...

      Professional Adviser | 21 Aug 2014 | 10:27

      Blog: Why DB transfers always warrant independent advice

      From April next year DB transfers will be subject to mandatory financial advice. But David Trenner thinks trustees should insist on it immediately.

      Professional Adviser | 20 Aug 2014 | 14:44

      Beware Tony Tyre Kicker: Avoid these buyers when selling your business

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      Professional Adviser | 20 Aug 2014 | 10:33

      Armchair Critic: Why we need to rethink what 'retirement' means

      Most of our ideas about retirement need to be… retired, writes Brendan Llewellyn.

      Professional Adviser | 18 Aug 2014 | 10:11

      Sheriar Bradbury: Why aren't IFAs heard?

      The advice profession needs a strong, unified voice in order to get a 'seat at the top table' of financial services, writes adviser Sheriar Bradbury...

      Professional Adviser | 15 Aug 2014 | 11:25

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      Professional Adviser | 13 Aug 2014 | 14:13

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      Professional Adviser | 12 Aug 2014 | 10:40

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