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

Guest Spot: Encouraging a more principled approach to sustainable investments

15 June 2021

Julie Dreblow, Director of SRI Services on the keynote Good Money Week conference speech ‘Building Trust in Sustainable Investment’ by Richard Monks, FCA Director of Strategy…

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Guest Spot: UK dividends to recover (You just have to know where to look!)

10 June 2021

We have some good news for UK Equity Income investors: UK equity dividends are staging a speedy recovery and will grow from here. However, the disappointing news for some is…

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Guest Spot: The Consolidator View

7 June 2021

Independent Wealth Planners give the consolidator perspective in NoviaIQ’s latest guest spot. Craig Rickman IWP highlights Financial adviser succession planning and tips for selling and buying IFA business practices.

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Guest Spot: Exploding retirement income myths #3

26 May 2021

‘Annuities are really bad value for money right now’ Now, like you I would wager, I’ve never read ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ by Oscar Wilde. I’m sure it’s a cracking read…

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Guest Spot: Inflation, the price of stimulus?

19 May 2021

With government bonds and other ‘safe haven’ assets falling out of favour during the last quarter, might the Fed and the President’s stimulus packages prove too much for the US economy? Bond markets seem to think that it might.

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AnaCap completes Novia acquisition

14 May 2021

Novia Financial (“Novia”) today announces the completion of its acquisition by AnaCap Financial Partners (“AnaCap”), a leading financial services specialist mid-market private equity investor,  following the initial transaction subject to…

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Guest Spot: Exploding retirement income myths #2

10 May 2021

We use drawdown so we can pass money down the generations – don’t we? Only a generation or two ago, retirement was something that happened to you. Those in the…

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How efficient was your business at tax year end?

30 March 2021

Advisory firms work hard for their clients at Tax Year End, advising on how to make the most of their family tax allowances. With the dust settling, however, you might…

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Guest Spot: Exploding retirement income myths #1

24 March 2021

Is drawdown really the only way for your clients to take more income in the early years of retirement? Old world thinking in the business and commercial domain was all…

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Cryptocurrency: Get Rich Quick – or the biggest quasi-Ponzi scheme ever?

23 March 2021

I will put my cards on the table. Bitcoin (I include all cryptocurrencies actually) is the biggest quasi-Ponzi scheme ever and an awful lot of people are going to lose…

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Guest Spot: The Restoration Economy

11 March 2021

“While 2020 was one of the most challenging twelve months we may ever face – as investors and as human beings – it is wonderful to be ending the year…

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Novia’s Helen Austin chooses to challenge in support of International Women’s Day 2021

8 March 2021

Today, I am celebrating International Women’s Day in recognition of the brave women who have gone before me and paved the way, sometimes with their lives, to enable me to…

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Raising the Normal Minimum Pension Age from 55 to 57

8 March 2021

The government’s recent consultation proposes a change to the Normal Minimum Pension Age (NMPA) from April 2028. The publication has raised some questions about the proposed protection regime. The paper proposes…

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