The pick of this week's articles on IFAonline...
Meanwhile, the Association of British Insurers unveiled its compulsory code of conduct for members on providing information to customers about annuities.
Skandia, one of the bigger players within the platform market, announced plans to give clients more access and the power to execute investments.
Another politician very much distanced himself from the Hector Sants (pictured) fan club, with Tory deputy chairman Michael Fallon revealing his "deep reservations" about the regulation supremo becoming boss of the Prudential Regulation Authority.
Some useful clarification from the FSA, which confirmed that presence of trainees within an advice firm will not prevent it from holding itself out as independent post-RDR.
The fight for a long stop took a big blow when lobby group Adviser Alliance had its application for a judicial review into the issue rejected.
Chatter around the budget intensified, with Vince Cable indicating the Liberal Democrats may be willing to go along with the scrapping of the 50p tax rate.
IFAonline reported on an interesting tale from a financial adviser who has been trying to transfer a client's portfolio from Barclays wealth since mid-December.
The FSA's naughty step welcomed George McGregor, a former finance director at Royal Liver Assurance Limited (RLA), who was fined £109,000 for entering into contracts on behalf of RLA without authorisation.
On the proactive side of things, the FSA proposed to force self-invested personal pension providers to adhere to the same disclosure standards regardless of the assets their schemes hold.
Two global vehicles
'Further plug advice gap'
Must appoint separate CEOs and boards
Advisers do come out well
Will report to Mark Till