Money and writing news: What I've learnt in four days

        Professional Adviser | 29 Aug 2014 | 15:36

        Professional Adviser asked Ryan Butcher, a 16-year-old on work experience and with dreams of working in journalism, to share his thoughts from a week (a Bank Holiday 'week', admittedly) on the PA reporting team...


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

        If our Armchair Critic Brendan Llewellyn were in the market for a financial adviser, what would he look for and how would he go about finding it?

        Professional Adviser | 28 Aug 2014 | 12:01

        To defer or not to defer; the state pension dilemma

        As more individuals choose to work beyond the state pension age, Andy James weighs up the options for those approaching retirement.

        Professional Adviser | 26 Aug 2014 | 12:35

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      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

      Selling your business can be a daunting process and there are plenty of obstacles that can trip you up on the way. Merger and acquisition specialist Retiring IFA founder Stephen Hagues explains which buyers to give a wide berth...

      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

      The 34-year-old man who crawled out of bed and very nearly cycled 100 miles

      A few months ago, Professional Adviser editor Scott Sinclair signed up to represent Team Prudential in the RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycle ride, which took place on 10 August. Was he ready? Of course he wasn't. And here's what happened...

      Professional Adviser | 13 Aug 2014 | 14:13

      Investment Committee Insider: Good (and bad) adviser benchmarks for client portfolios

      Abraham Okusanya examines the adviser conundrum of benchmarking client portfolios...

      Professional Adviser | 12 Aug 2014 | 10:40

      The questions that can skew a risk tolerance reading

      Many advisers need to change their view on what constitutes risk tolerance, argues Paul Resnik...

      Professional Adviser | 04 Aug 2014 | 15:48

      Deckchair Critic: 11 observations of the adviser market

      Our Armchair Critic is on holiday, but that hasn't stopped him from sharing his thoughts on - and ideas for - the professional financial adviser market...

      Professional Adviser | 04 Aug 2014 | 11:08

      Should we replace IMA sectors altogether?

      Investment Management Association (IMA) sectors are often the first port of call for advisers looking to recommend funds to clients. But are they fit for purpose? Thesis Asset Management director of business development and marketing Lawrence Cook thinks not...

      Professional Adviser | 04 Aug 2014 | 10:25

      Derek Bradley: Simplified advice can't work without simplified regulation

      We can forget simplified advice without simplified regulation, writes Derek Bradley

      Professional Adviser | 30 Jul 2014 | 13:54

      Should capped drawdown really be shelved?

      The changes announced in the 2014 Budget hailed the end of capped drawdown for all. But Claire Trott asks is it really the right move?

      Professional Adviser | 25 Jul 2014 | 17:10

      Perfect harmony? The complicated adviser/paraplanner relationship

      Bradbury Hamilton’s Sheriar Bradbury asks if ever increasing calls for paraplanner qualifications are complicating their working relationship with advisers...

      Professional Adviser | 25 Jul 2014 | 15:55
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      The big three: Factors to consider when putting off an annuity purchase

      MGM Advantage’s Andrew Tully talks advisers through the ‘known unknowns’ when postponing buying an annuity for clients...

      Professional Adviser | 25 Jul 2014 | 15:53

      Blog: The need for specialist retirement advice has never been greater

      The guidance guarantee is a good first step but regulated advice is key for retirees of all shapes and sizes, writes David Trenner...

      Professional Adviser | 25 Jul 2014 | 15:06

      Best of the best? Why ‘one-stop’ advice shops are not the silver bullet

      A ‘one-stop shop’ for financial advice isn’t the catch-all solution, argues Beaufort Group chairman Simon Goldthorpe

      Professional Adviser | 24 Jul 2014 | 15:17

      From the editor: A big unanswered question for pensions 'guidance'

      It has been one of the big unanswered questions as plans for a catch-all, free retirement guidance service have developed: What if they get it wrong?

      Professional Adviser | 22 Jul 2014 | 13:17



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