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Fading away: Is the MAS being erased from Treasury thinking?

23 October 2014 8:30 am | By Samuel Dale

Now the Treasury has excluded the Money Advice Service from its pensions guidance plans, is there any point in the quango carrying on?

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TSC presses Govt to abolish approved persons regime for advisers

23 October 2014 8:00 am | By Samuel Dale

The FCA says it would have preferred to extend the scheme to all regulated firms.

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Apfa reports 75% fall in annual surplus to £29k

22 October 2014 5:03 pm | By Tessa Norman

Trade body says it is pleased with financial performance in a ‘challenging climate’. 

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ASA acts against IFA leads firm over unwanted texts

22 October 2014 12:30 pm | By Samuel Dale

Lead generation firm TAB Finance has been asked to stop communications 19 times this year.

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Premier hires ex-Barclays Wealth director and opens South West office

22 October 2014 12:20 pm | By Sam Macdonald

Premier has hired ex-Barclays Wealth director Paul Freeman and his former team of six wealth managers to launch a South West office.

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FSCS pays out £21m for failed network Alpha 2 Omega

22 October 2014 10:33 am | By Tessa Norman

Network was placed into administration in 2010 after regulatory action. 

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Police investigate advice firm over investment fraud

22 October 2014 8:48 am | By Devraj Ray

Aberdeen-based Midas Financial Solutions is being investigated for offering unregulated short-term investments.

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OMGI to launch Pan African fund

21 October 2014 8:29 am | By Adam Lewis

Hywel George, the director of investments, at the Old Mutual Investment Group, says it is the first time the group has launched an African fund to a global audience.

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MM leader: The MAS and its catalogue of failings

23 October 2014

The Treasury is full of praise for the organisations it has chosen to deliver the guidance guarantee - with one notable omission.

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Nic Cicutti: Time for new adviser tactics after Treasury MAS snub

23 October 2014

Osborne has made things worse with his vague promises of guidance to support the pension reforms next year

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Robert Reid: MAS guidance needs the voice of experience

17 October 2014

Soft skills and scrutiny are key to the delivery of guidance.

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Neil Liversidge: Apfa attacks are straight from Life of Brian

17 October 2014

Discussions about Apfa have reached boiling point.

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MM leader: The sharp practice of 'non-advised' sales

16 October 2014

“If it looks and feels like advice, it probably is advice.” So said FCA technical specialist Rory Percival back in April 2013.

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Nic Cicutti: Shocking guidance stats show how toxic advice has become

16 October 2014

Advisers need to rebuild trust to counter the “car crash” of low guidance take-up.

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What's standing in the way of the business financial planning exam?

22 October 2014 | By Amanda Newman Smith

Is the AF2 business financial planning exam more relevant to advisers than they think?

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Weekly Adviser View

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Carl Lamb: The cost of regulation is getting out of hand

21 October 2014

Higher costs for advice firms could mean many people end up eschewing advice altogether

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Dennis Hall: An alternative take on the MAS adviser 'ethics' fiasco

13 October 2014

Recently I might have said that I thought all financial journalists were unethical charlatans whose opinion could be bought by advertisers.

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Alistair Cunningham: Working up to a managed exit

7 October 2014

Does the retirement of baby boomers also present a threat as many financial practices risk wind-down rather than a managed exit and succession plan?

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Profile: Pilot's Ian Thomas argues FCA should go faster on turning off trail

10 October 2014 | By Tessa Norman

Pilot Financial Planning managing director Ian Thomas discusses escaping the corporate world and finding his advice niche.

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Trade Body View

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Chris Hannant: Pension reforms bring major opportunities for advisers

20 October 2014

Next April will bring significant change to the whole of retirement planning.

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Robert Sinclair: Buy-to-let traps

10 October 2014

The decision by the Treasury to regulate buy-to-let loans where there is an accidental landlord is a clever sleight of hand to capture the smallest niche possible.

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