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Unpacking the Sesame 'pay to play' debacle

31 October 2014

Terms dictated to providers by Sesame are nothing short of jaw-dropping.

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Alan Lakey: Flawed mortgage logic only hurts lenders

31 October 2014

Halifax is encouraging lower-quality lending and penalising the applicants it should be looking to help.

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Robert Reid: A guidance manifesto

31 October 2014

There is still time to turn around low guidance take-up.

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Nic Cicutti: MAS review needs to go back to basics

30 October 2014

Can Money Advice Service mark II deliver better financial education for consumers?

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My three big calls: David Hambidge on US equities, emerging markets and commercial property

28 October 2014

Mr Market has a habit of tripping us all up and 2014 has been no exception.


Brian Tora: We can't remain immune from Europe's woes

28 October 2014

Europe appears to be borrowing more and more in an effort to rekindle growth but there are few signs this is working.

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Ian McKenna: US advice firm helps investments Blooom

25 October 2014

Blooom is another example of a bricks-and-mortar US adviser recognising the opportunity offered by digital advice

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Hugh Young

Hugh Young: Home truths on Chinese property market

25 October 2014

The property market in China is more nuanced than people think


Billy Burrows: Politicians risk peddling toxic annuity myths

24 October 2014

There are some serious issues involving annuities at the moment and they deserve serious discussion.

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Will advice firms rush to sell as 'sunset clause' approaches?

24 October 2014

The impending sunset clause is set to fundamentally change the way advisers do business.

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Tom Baigrie: Where have all the good men gone?

24 October 2014

When three business leaders of competing businesses all step down within a few weeks of each other, one starts to wonder what is going on.

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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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Tony Wickenden: Is US tax victory all it seems?

22 October 2014

There has been a strong trend in US firms making foreign acquisitions in order to relocate their tax domicile to a friendlier lower-tax jurisdiction


Harry Katz: Pension freedoms aren't all they're cracked up to be

21 October 2014

I am increasingly feeling like the boy in Hans Christian Andersen’s Emperor’s New Clothes.

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Brian Tora: France and Germany need to lead revival

21 October 2014

Some investors are turning to discount retailers as the UK’s major supermarket players face up to a tougher environment on the high street


John Chatfeild-Roberts: UK is dancing to a global tune

21 October 2014

Autumn is often a time for stockmarkets to exhibit seasonal weakness

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MM Leader


MM leader: Pension 'freedoms' aren't so free

30 October 2014

The Government is hoping the voting public does not cotton on to the complexity contained within the small print of the Budget

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Nic Cicutti


Nic Cicutti: Advisers need to do their homework on dodgy investments

18 September 2014

Many years ago, so many years that I am embarrassed to say, I rang a Scottish Amicable marketing director for my weekly chat.

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Chris Gilchrist


Chris Gilchrist: Wholesale outsourcing is fundamental mistake

24 October 2014

Those who promote outsourcing lock, stock and barrel simply do not understand the role of investment in financial planning.

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Alan Lakey


Alan Lakey: Rate increase bombshell is looming

5 September 2014

As advisers we are often expected to be adviser, marriage guidance counsellor and often clairvoyant.

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Ian Mckenna


Ian McKenna: What advisers can learn from medical tech

31 October 2014

Sometimes looking outside our own industry makes it easier to understand the potential impact of technology in context.

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Rob Reid


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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Brian Tora


Brian Tora: Geo-political issues risk upsetting the apple cart

17 September 2014

Geopolitical risks may upset the applecart but the focus in the short term is on interest rates.

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Tony Wickenden


Tony Wickenden: Hard times mean making tough choices

25 October 2014

Life is hard but for those looking to make a living out of difficulty, opportunities abound.

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Should Sesame unwind the 'pay to play' deals it set up as part of its restricted advice panel?

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