Those who ignore the trade press miss out on some technical brilliance from the handful of leading journalists and established technicians in the industry.
This Budget could be interpreted by the proactive and positive among us as one for advisers, platforms and asset managers.
Recent stories have played on the fact that despite the Care Act no insurance company is looking to develop care products.
The pension reforms offer a great opportunity for financial advisers to attract new clients and grow their business.
Increasingly, we are seeing networks banning their affiliates from transacting such business and compliance specialists referring to the process as potentially just too toxic.
The oil price has stabilised - but for how long?
With the general election campaign now in full swing, our domestic market is displaying the sort of nervousness that might be expected when the final outcome is so uncertain.
Creating and implementing diligent systems and processes now might well save some future embarrassment.
Any adviser who thinks they know better than their clients is mistaking a matter of opinion, however well informed, for a matter of fact.
For UK advisers wanting sustainable, long-term business success, the time is right to review and adapt working models to embrace a mix of automated services alongside the personal approach.
Politicians will bang the drum about looking after “hard working families”, but don’t diligent savers also count as hard working?
IHT is the third component of a financial Holy Trinity considered so crucial to Tory election hopes.
In the final part of this series looking at deeds of variation, we look at some important legal cases.
Despite a much better regulatory regime than we had before, we are still being stung by foolish advisers recommending inappropriate products.
Regulator says it doesn’t want to prevent firms from using social media, but the rules on regulated firms make it more difficult than other sectors.
As profits fall in mining and oil, the dividend payout ratio as a percentage of earnings now stands above previous peak levels.
The reduction in the lifetime allowance to £1m could bring in extra complexity around fixed protection.
The crude approach to advice is akin to hunting and gathering, which men in general have always been good at.
My device has learnt my habits, likes and dislikes and, if I stop to think about it, runs a lot of my life.
The FCA is worried about a “challenging” timescale - advisers should be worried too.
Expecting annuitants to pay 3 per cent of their pot for advice that they should not sell is a triumph of hope over likely experience.
In the penultimate part of this series, we look at further tax conditions and the power of attorney
Markets have moved higher without commensurate support from fundamentals.
The industry needs to do more to promote the benefits of being part of the advice profession.
For the second year running, the Chancellor targeted savers in his Budget.
Advisers must start to think about preparing for another qualification requirement.
Providers are running scared of guidance and Pension Wise cannot tell people what they want to hear.
The groundwork for the mid-21st century great pension mis-buying scandal is being laid.
Frustration remains around the pension transfer qualification rules.
Advisers are feeling uneasy about the FCA’s client’s best interest rule.
There will be clear winners and losers in the world of retirement income products.
A Government-operated hub for those wishing to act against advice would hugely beneficial for the industry.
It is not always be appropriate to elect for both inheritance tax and capital gains tax purposes.
As pension freedom looms it is worth looking further into clients’ changed objectives.
Some considered analysis on the impact of the changing pensions landscape is well overdue.
A number of innovators have shown what is possible but they will not be the last to build vertically integrated solutions.
The Government’s stealth pension taxes should be of major concern.
Banks and insurers should consider the value of partnerships with smaller advice firms.
A review of the liable parties is well overdue. But is it in the regulator’s best interests?
Pension freedoms mean it is imperative the regulator tackles a growing problem.