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The Platforum: Lifecos face new competitors in brave new pensions world

27 February 2015

Which life companies will be the winners and losers as they enter the direct to consumer platform world?

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Tom Baigrie: Time to drive home the benefits of protection

27 February 2015

Certainty is what consumers want most and what drives action. 

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Robert Reid: Pensions guidance cannot exist in scripts alone

27 February 2015

The industry needs to come up with more creative ways of delivering guidance.

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MM leader: Is Partnership in denial about the state of the annuity market?

26 February 2015

Is it realistic to assume the individual annuity market could bounce back from its current lows?

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Nic Cicutti: Adviser attacks should not detract from pension freedoms debate

26 February 2015

Some advisers really cannot handle a proper discussion.

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Tony Wickenden: The mark of a good taxpayer

24 February 2015

Companies are clamouring to be awarded the Fair Tax Mark – a stamp of approval for openness and fairness in relation to tax affairs.

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Dennis Hall: New advice firms need deep pockets

24 February 2015

Gone are the days of clients - and commission - funding your business.

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Danby Bloch: Filling up on the pensioner bonds bribe

24 February 2015

Where does the generous proposition fit into financial planning?

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Mark Barnett: Why I am in investing in the support services sector

24 February 2015

Capita, Babcock and Compass are favoured stock picks in this potentially lucrative space.

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How one complaint case proves the need for a long-stop

23 February 2015

The FOS will bend over backwards to find a way to allow a complaint to be brought outside the usual time limits.

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John Lawson: The cash for annuity question

23 February 2015

The cash value of annuities will come as a surprise to many. But should people be allowed to sell?

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Neil Woodford: QE just makes the asset-rich richer

23 February 2015

The ECB’s commitment to roll out QE simply offers false hope to investors.

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Neil Liversidge: FCA was wrong to ban fare-dodging fund manager

20 February 2015

We are finally seeing the reinstitution of the Victorian values of which Thatcher dreamed.

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Chris Gilchrist: A high-class game of pass the buck

20 February 2015

The UK has no agency or force capable of preventing a tidal wave of fraud and theft of pension money post-April.

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Nic Cicutti: Forays into buying distribution are doomed

19 February 2015

The road is buying distribution is littered with expensive mistakes.

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MM leader: Cap-ad rules should not penalise good advice firms

19 February 2015

After several false starts, higher capital adequacy requirements are on the horizon.

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The Platforum on what next for third-party investment solutions

19 February 2015

The shift away from an open architecture platform model is hurting traditional retail asset managers.

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Malcolm McLean: Will Osborne be haunted by guidance 'guarantee' pledge?

17 February 2015

Was it wise to offer a “guarantee” of face-to-face guidance for all new retirees?

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Nigel Chambers: Charge cap work will cut routes to advice

17 February 2015

The auto-enrolment charge cap will come into force from April.

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Tony Wickenden: Another brick in the tax avoidance wall

17 February 2015

There are two key rules behind the clampdown on companies avoiding UK corporation tax.

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Tradeable annuities: A lifeline for retirees or potential misselling disaster?

16 February 2015 | By Tom Selby

With a consultation on tradeable annuities seemingly imminent, Money Marketing’s Tom Selby asks: is it a good idea?

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Martin Bamford: What advisers can learn from the Green Party's economic policies

16 February 2015

Advisers could learn a thing or two from the Green Party’s economic policies.

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Phil Young: When will advisers get the competition treatment?

16 February 2015

Platforms and pensions have already received the FCA’s competition treatment. Are advisers next?

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Kim North: Pension guidance imitation is no joke

13 February 2015

The ombudsman responsible for complaints relating to Pension Wise are not going to know what’s hit them…

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Robert Reid: Revealing the hidden agenda on charges

13 February 2015

Is there another reason behind the comments opposing the demise of contingent charging?

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Jim Leaviss: The real story behind China's growth

12 February 2015

Many have questioned the accuracy of China’s GDP data but the impact of a slowdown cannot be underestimated. 

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MM leader: Bigger may not be better in scrabble for distribution

12 February 2015

Providers and consolidators are taking steps to ensure their investment in the advice market pays off.

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Nic Cicutti: Kids deserve better than this financial education mess

12 February 2015

The inability to co-operate between different organisations in teaching finance in schoos is dreadful.

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Ian McKenna: How clients will manage their money in the future

11 February 2015

The adviser tech heading our way from the Finovate Europe conference. 

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Keep the branding out of financial education

11 February 2015 | By Tessa Norman

Corporates getting involved for the right reasons should have no problem with removing their brands from resources. 

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Chris Hannant: The long-stop debate starts now

11 February 2015

It is about time the implications on the advice profession are recognised.

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Tony Wickenden: HMRC is getting serious on tax-avoiding multinationals

11 February 2015

HMRC is finally getting serious on the UK corporation tax-avoiding multinationals.

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Chris Davies: Look beyond the adviser business fads

10 February 2015

Advisers and providers must spot the trends behind other firms’ success.

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Stephanie Flanders: QE is several steps in the right direction for Europe

10 February 2015

The ECB’s pulling of the QE trigger appears to be ticking the right boxes.

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Jonathan Lipkin: How the industry is working to boost charges disclosure

10 February 2015

A single number that combines direct charges and transaction costs will not help informed decision-making.

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Mark Dampier: A hidden gem for income-seekers

9 February 2015

It is worth taking a closer look at the relatively unknown Majedie UK Income fund.

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Peter Hamilton: How can advisers protect themselves against complaints?

9 February 2015

With no long-stop in place, advisers are much more vulnerable to complaints than other professions. How can they protect themselves?

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Tom Kean: Shark-infested waters of online search engines

9 February 2015

Why is it so easy for the cowboys and charlatans to dominate search engines results?

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Ian McKenna: Novia has an eye for simplicity

6 February 2015

Novia is one of a select few platforms to recognise the importance of making client information appealing and user friendly.

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Alan Higham: Consumers need more than just information

6 February 2015

Expert advice is required more than ever, yet the proportion going it alone has doubled since 2012.

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