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FCA bans two advisers over Sipp suitability failures

17 April 2014 10:21 am | By Samuel Dale

Andrew Rees and Timothy Hughes were partners at 1 Stop Financial Services.

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Brooks Macdonald increases assets by £244m

17 April 2014 8:55 am | By Michael Berry

Performance added about £30m to the pot, while inflows comprised roughly £215m, the AIM-listed wealth manager says.

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Adviser charged with £600k fraud to fund gambling habit

17 April 2014 8:53 am | By Michael Glenister

Alok Dhanda appeared in court accused of using client money to fund gambling debt.

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European Wealth completes £7m reverse takeover

17 April 2014 8:53 am | By Sam Macdonald

EW completes a reverse takeover of Aim-listed advice and wealth management firm European Wealth Management Group

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Adviser profits up 20% but non-advised market share grows

17 April 2014 | By Tessa Norman

Average profit per adviser rose significantly in 2013. 

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FSCS investment adviser levy set at £112m for 2014/15

17 April 2014 | By Michael Glenister

Advisers to pay £112m for 2014/15.

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Forester Life to axe future trail on Children's Mutual book

17 April 2014 | By Devraj Ray

Company has written to advisers saying trail commission for existing Children’s Mutual policies will stop from the end of April.

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D2C platform Selftrade reviews client data in money laundering checks

16 April 2014 12:37 pm | By Sam Macdonald

A letter sent this week requested clients to fill out financial details to “reconfirm and refresh their proof of identity”.

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Opinion

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Linda Smith: Understanding the FCA's independence definition

15 April 2014

There is still confusion over what is and what is not independent.

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Dennis Hall: Why we've changed our model to target £1m+ clients

14 April 2014

After looking at our business numbers, we realised something has to change.

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Should pension providers stop talking to their customers?

11 April 2014 | By Tom Selby

It would be unreasonable and counter-productive to prevent pension companies from speaking to savers.

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Martin Bamford: A history of misselling does not help insurers

11 April 2014

The insurance sector has taken something of a hammering during the last few weeks.

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Chris Gilchrist: Zombies win, clients and advisers lose

11 April 2014

The furore over the FCA review of zombie fund charges is a red herring, the real issues is the appalling standards of service.

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Nick Bamford: Why aren't advisers explaining their charges properly?

10 April 2014

If an adviser cannot answer client questions on costs, perhaps they are in the wrong job.

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Analysis

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Peter Hamilton: Avoid 'open-ended advice' with your terms of business

14 April 2014

Take care when drafting terms of business agreements to clearly define the scope of advice and service provided by a firm.

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Weekly Adviser View

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Martin Bamford: A history of misselling does not help insurers

11 April 2014

The insurance sector has taken something of a hammering during the last few weeks.

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Pete Matthew: Does the FCA need to tighten the definition of 'adviser'?

7 April 2014

If someone asks what I do, I say that I’m a financial planner.

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Alistair Cunningham: The quest for decent feedback

20 December 2013

Client feedback tends only to highlight clients who are very happy or very unhappy. 

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Gareth Marr: 'We have the regulator we deserve due to our past'

3 April 2014 | By Amanda Newman Smith

Money Marketing’s Outstanding Contribution to the Industry award winner recalls life before regulation.

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Trade Body View

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Keith Richards: We can't ignore the advice gap any longer

4 November 2013

It is in the public interest to seek a solution to the advice gap that has widened since the withdrawal of mass market advice.

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The IFP's Sue Whitbread: Do advisers take their own advice?

14 October 2013

Advisers should polish up their ‘people skills’  to add value post-RDR

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