Insights, opinions and commentary on the investment 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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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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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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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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Guest Spot: PROD & Productivity: some food for advisers’ thoughts

18 February 2020

Copia Capital kicked off 2020 with a series of seminars, meeting with advisers around the country as we endeavoured to explain, understand and interrogate the requirements under the Financial Conduct…

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Contingent Charging – Would a ban be the thin end of the wedge?

17 February 2020

As the ban on contingent charging for Defined Benefit transfers goes through the motions of consultancy with the FCA, it looks extremely likely that the ban will end up being…

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Guest Spot: Five Big ESG Themes for 2020 and the Funds to Capture Them

14 February 2020

In this Guest Spot we hear from Patrick Thomas, investment director and head of ESG investing at Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management. As well as outlining the five ESG themes for 2020,…

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Guest Spot: Designing Robust Portfolios

31 January 2020

In this Guest Spot, Henry Cobbe, Head of Copia Capital Management, discusses the key determinants of portfolio outcomes.

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Platform consolidation – is it over?

29 January 2020

Ever since platforms started operating in the adviser space in the UK around 2000, the big institutions have taken the stance that ‘you need deep pockets to play in this…

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