Insights, opinions and commentary on the issues that matter to Financial Advisers

Guest Spot: Assessing Suitability – Times are changing for retirement advice

27 July 2020

The six key themes of the FCA’s ‘Assessing Suitability Review II’ on how retirement income advice is being delivered – times are changing for retirement advice.

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The Contingent Charging Ban

23 July 2020

The regulator has published its awaited policy statement PS20/6  and a number of changes are to be implemented later this year.  What are the new rules that will ban contingent…

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Defined Benefit transfers

22 July 2020

Keith Furniss explains the future direction of travel in the area of Defined Benefit transfers and what guidance there has been so far.

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ESG during Covid-19 – a new era for the world and investing?

18 June 2020

ESG or Sustainability has grown in popularity recently due to Covid19 and market forces as well as the many related industry innovations.

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Guest Spot: To switch or not to switch that is the question

18 June 2020

In this Guest Spot Adrian Boulding, Chief Innovation Officer of technology provider Spire Platform Solutions considers the case for “switching” in retirement cases.

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Meeting the Challenge of SM&CR and PROD

20 May 2020

Paul Boston looks at the two-tier challenge presented by the combination of PROD rules and the roll out of the SM&CR across the Financial Services industry.

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A New Working Paradigm

16 April 2020

We are living in very challenging times.  That’s all relative of course as those on the frontline leading the fight against COVID-19 are really having it rough and in comparison,…

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Guest Spot: Responsible investing with a track record

15 April 2020

King & Shaxson have been managing ethical portfolios since 2002, in March this year they celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their Model Portfolio Service.

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Covid-19 will reshape the wealth management industry

6 April 2020

Covid-19 will have lasting and profound effects on the wealth management industry. Remote working and increased use of technology will be the new normal for operation support and investor interaction…

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Coronavirus shock: market impact, outlook and strategy

18 March 2020

Markets In the midst of surging fears of coronavirus, there have been extreme moves in the markets for several weeks: Volume: Trading volumes in all asset classes spiked when the…

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Guest Spot: The Race to the Client and how it’s realigning the value chain

25 February 2020

In the race to the client, advisers will win. But only if they take control of the value chain and reconfigure it to their clients’ best interests.

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Capital Gains Tax – the advantages of taking the allowance into consideration

24 February 2020

Capital Gains Tax can sometimes feel like a punishment for good performance, but there are definite advantages to taking CGT allowance into consideration.

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The forward march of Microservices

24 February 2020

‘If microservices are so good, why weren’t they invented 30 years ago?’ This was the question posed by my CEO, Bill Vasilieff, during a walkthrough of the 2020 IT plans….

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