What if Amazon entered financial services? What would it mean for discount brokers, providers, even advisers, if a brand voted in 2013 as ‘best perceived' by a panel of more than one million people got in on your action? Think about that for a moment.
Brendan Llewellyn, Professional Adviser's resident Armchair Critic, examines the viability of online advice models, and reaches what some might consider an inevitable conclusion...
Jacksons Wealth is a fee-based, RDR-friendly financial planning business. But, after making another tweak to its fees disclosure document, managing director Pete Matthew is beginning to wonder who it's really for - the client or the regulator?
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The future for platforms - and everything else in this sector actually - is all in the detail, writes platforms expert Mark Polson...
An adviser who has campaigned for the re-introduction of a long-stop on complaints against financial advisers reaching the Ombudsman has urged caution and patience after the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) promised to revisit the issue.
True innovation may seem beyond reach, but small changes can make big differences for advisory businesses, writes Brendan Llewellyn...
The RDR journey has come to a grinding (unsatisfactory) halt, writes Ed Dymott. Here he explains how the FCA's plan to probe the closed life market could help get the magical mystery tour back on track...
If I hear another government minister say they’re doing something for the ‘hard working families of Great Britain’, I think I’m going to retch.
I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn when I say this government is wilfully playing fast and loose with people’s futures.
No one will have to buy an annuity, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has decreed.
Is the financial services sector as disjointed as some suggest? Not according to PFS chief executive Keith Richards, who here explains why he believes a new initiative can result in greater trust among the public...
It seems we've seen the back of clean and super clean share classes, which is a relief as the whole thing was very tedious and did little to further the discussion about the value the asset management industry provides.
New Model Business Academy (NMBA) chief executive Lee Travis on being invited to No 10 to talk about the importance of apprentices in financial services.
Direct platforms - all the rage since the start of the year - need not be seen as the enemy by advisers. In fact, quite the contrary, writes Mark Polson...
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