Ever felt there wasn't enough good news in the world of financial advice? Never fear - here's Professional Adviser's weekly round-up of all things positive happening in the profession to brighten your week …
For starters, you may be interested to know…
This week 20 pensions industry high-flyers came together to discuss making the pensions dashboard a reality.
The group met at an undisclosed location and, according to Origo, key points arising from the meeting included the importance of the government publishing its feasibility study on the dashboard as a matter of urgency, as well as the need for the government to legislate to ensure the whole industry is compelled to participate.
It has been a rocky couple of months for the dashboard project but, with work and pensions secretary Esther McVey's blessing, it looks as though the industry could be set to take charge.
The Personal Finance Society has opened its Forces MoneyPlan service to members of Blesma, the armed forces charity for limbless veterans. Blesma Members will now have access to financial guidance delivered by qualified professional financial advisers across the UK.
The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) has awarded Ryan Murphy of Nsure Financial Planning the Chartered Wealth Manager Scholarship 2018.
The aim of the Scholarship is to help the successful candidate study towards the Chartered Wealth Manager qualification. A total of £12,500 has been awarded to winning candidates since the Scholarship was first offered in 2014/15.
Fleet Mortgages, a buy-to-let and specialist lender, celebrated its fourth birthday on 17 September, having launched on this day in 2014.
Felix Milton from North Devon-based firm Philip J Milton & Company has reached Chartered status at the age of 23.
Prest Financial Planning has raised £1,400 for the Children's Adventure Farm Trust over the past 12 months. Most recently, the firm held a Great British Bake Off-inspired event that saw Beth Torkington take home the main prize with a Victoria Sponge that topped the presentation category.
Covéa Insurance has assembled a group of brokers and insurers with the aim of raising £75,000 for the Alzheimer's Society as part of Insurance United against Dementia. On 16 September, the team took on the Mont Blanc Massif - an epic three-day trek through the Alps to raise money for the charity.
Other good news
The Chartered Insurance Institute's mean gender pay gap is now 16.64% - down from 28% in 2017 and below the sector average of 29% - while its median gender pay gap has fallen from 18% last year to 5.65%.
A report published by The Pensions Regulator showed workplace saving continues to rise with 84% of employees now saving into a workplace pension, an increase from 77% last year.
There is still time to enter the Professional Adviser Awards 2019 - although the 28 September deadline is little more than a week away. Financial advice firms and those who work hard to support them should noit miss out - to enter, please visit our dedicated awards website
If you would like to share any achievements, charitable deeds, industry initiatives or other good news, please email Tom Ellis
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