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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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Walker Crips uses stockbroking pedigree to buy in ahead of the market

24 April 2014 | By Michael Berry

Protecting clients’ money against looming rising interest rates is a major theme for company’s Actively Managed Portfolio Service.

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Phil Carroll: Using the new pension income rules in practice

24 April 2014

The Budget has allowed much greater flexibility for taking income in retirement and this will affect both how savings are accumulated and the advice on how take the income.

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Paul Bayliss: Better technology is the key to attracting younger clients

24 April 2014

Advisers need to invest in mobile technology to properly meet the expectation of the next generation of clients.

The Technical Quiz: 24 April

24 April 2014

To help you to keep up with the fundamentals of tax, retirement and financial planning, try answering these questions.

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Better Business: Prioritising between competing projects

24 April 2014

It can be difficult to prioritise project work but using set criteria can help show where scarce resources would be best put to work.

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Will the MMR deliver on its objectives?

24 April 2014 | By Devraj Ray

On the eve of MMR implementation, Money Marketing talks to brokers about how the review has been handled, and how it will impact brokers and consumers.

Platform Focus: Standard Life

24 April 2014

Standard Life is not the cheapest option but good service costs money.

Making auto-enrolment work: Employers need to start early

24 April 2014

There are many complications involved in putting an auto-enrolment scheme into place and employers need to start the process as soon as possible to give them time cope.

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Better Business: Proper disclosure of adviser charging

24 April 2014

Following the FCA’s recent review of adviser charging, it is important to ensure clients are given a clear breakdown of advice costs as soon as possible.

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Better Business: Benchmarking your business

17 April 2014

Benchmarking compares your business to the rest of the market and provides context for competitive analysis. There are two main stages – gathering external data and assessing your position.

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Careers Brief: Stand by your brand

17 April 2014 | By Amanda Newman Smith

The importance of building and communicating your brand should not be underestimated

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People on the move

17 April 2014

Skandia Life founder and chairman of Nucleus Financial Group Paul Bradshaw has become chairman of River & Mercantile Group. The group was formed by the recent merger of P-Solve with River & Mercantile Asset Management. Bradshaw will oversee the firm’s growth strategy and work closely with its executive team, led by chief executive Mike Faulkner.

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Re-emerging markets?

17 April 2014 | By Gary Jackson

Should investors react to signs that some emerging markets have started to outperform the developed world?

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Investment Quorum guards against volatility with inflation-linked bonds

17 April 2014 | By Jon Yarker

Chief investment officer Peter Lowman is buying into inflation-linked bonds in order to prepare for potential volatility. 

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Which way out on Help to Buy 2?

17 April 2014 | By Devraj Ray

Treasury says it has “mechanisms” in place to smooth the ending of the mortgage guarantee scheme, but doesn’t know what these are

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Platform Focus: Skandia

17 April 2014

Skandia’s new Wealth Select service has attractions for advisers looking to de-risk their business but it feels a little like a business in transition

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Gadget of the fortnight: CarbonFin Outliner

17 April 2014

CarbonFin Outliner is a simple tool that lets you build an outline of anything in a logical and structured pattern.

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Development focus: Telling your story to get hired

17 April 2014

In a competitive job market it is essential to present yourself in the best light to ensure you get hired

The Technical Quiz: 17 April

17 April 2014

To help you to keep up with the fundamentals of tax, retirement and financial planning, try answering these questions.

My Beautiful Career: Hans Georgeson

17 April 2014

The Architas managing director on starting a business in the midst of the worst financial crisis in living memory, the importance of networking and his work as an EU diplomat before joining the City

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Compliance tip of the week: Research your products

16 April 2014

Research products and their associated risks. Do not allow product providers to sell to you. Many of the major misselling incidents of recent years had at their heart a very successful salesman flogging his product to IFAs. All too often, the adviser had no idea what was in the product or the risks to which anyone holding it was exposed.

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Call for help: Are lenders treating advisers fairly on phone charges?

10 April 2014 | By Devraj Ray

Brokers have criticised lenders for charging premium rates on cases involving lower loan sizes.

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Richard Buxton: Insurer woes add to economic uncertainty

10 April 2014

There are plenty of positive trends in the world – and the UK – economy but we need economic improvement to be reflected in profit growth for the FTSE to break out of its current range.

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Platform focus: FundsNetwork

10 April 2014

An expected change of software provider and improving functionality means the Fidelity owned platform will remain a powerful force.

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Lucian Camp: The toxic elements that led to the downfall of annuities

10 April 2014

The Chancellor’s Budget speech has been greeted as a nail in the coffin of unpopular and poor value annuities but there is no ready replacement for the one product that can manage the complicated issue of longevity risk.

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The stockpicker is king for Berry’s all-in equities approach

10 April 2014 | By Pamela Morris

CIO Mark Robinson says the backdrop of low rates and liquidity will continue to support equities but don’t explain plain-sailing from markets.

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Bolton's final word on China

10 April 2014 | By Michael Berry

Fidelity veteran Anthony Bolton retired from fund management last week, leaving investors with his parting views on China.

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Better Business: The importance of business planning

10 April 2014

In times of regulatory or investment uncertainty it remains important for businesses to have a long-term business plan in place.

The Technical Quiz: 10 April

10 April 2014

To help you to keep up with the fundamentals of tax, retirement and financial planning, try answering these questions.

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Campbell Macpherson: The search for the best innovation in financial services

9 April 2014

A new regular column for Money Marketing will look at the best of innovation in financial services and how it is changing the business.

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Stephanie Flanders: Understanding the risk of deflation in Europe

3 April 2014

The ECB’s loose monetary policy should ensure that 2014 is a better year for equities than 2013 but Europe’s falling inflation rate poses a real risk for investors if it turns into deflation

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Compliance tip of the week: Needs and wishes are not the same

3 April 2014

Advisers have to be prepared to advise clients to follow a course of action they do not want to

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Platform Focus: Cofunds

3 April 2014

The Platforum runs the rule over the main players in the platform market, starting with industry behemoth Cofunds.

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Better business: When you should consider using direct marketing

3 April 2014

Direct marketing is not a catch-all marketing solution but can be very effective when targeted properly.

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The IPO sugar rush

3 April 2014 | By Jon Yarker

With so many companies going to market, are UK IPOs getting too frothy to be investable?

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Gadget of the fortnight: Priority Matrix

3 April 2014

For the first of a new column on apps and gadgets that make working life easier, Ian McKenna looks at an organisational app he uses every day

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In the pipeline

3 April 2014 | By Devraj Ray

Brokers want the Council of Mortgage Lenders to name and shame inefficient lenders

The Technical Quiz: 3 April

3 April 2014

To help you to keep up with the fundamentals of tax, retirement and financial planning, try answering these questions.

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Asset allocation: OakTree Wealth Management

3 April 2014 | By Gary Jackson

OakTree Wealth Management has started to position its four portfolios with capital preservation firmly in mind, arguing that there is more scope for markets to be derailed in 2014

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