Michael Klimes reports from Port Talbot on the legacy of misselling and how steelworkers are coping
Michael Klimes reports from Port Talbot on the legacy of misselling and how steelworkers are coping
The boss of Richmond House Wealth Management responds to Money Marketing columnist Paul Lewis’s latest article that questioned the effect of pension freedoms I am in the majority of advisers in that I am still, just, in my 50s. I therefore grew up with the Man from the Pru calling monthly to collect premiums, got […]
Former pensions minister Ros Altmann is to chair a pensions fintech firm focused on auto-enrolment. Pensionsync, which is part of the FCA’s Regulatory Sandbox, wants to improve auto-enrolment administration by focusing on data protection. Altmann says:” Our mission will be to improve pension auto-enrolment administration to ensure more accurate and secure data. In the next stage of […]
Back in May, I wrote about the pressures building in advice firms due to a shortage of highly skilled staff and the consequent costs in recruiting. With Apfa research finding profits from retail investment advice fell 16 per cent between 2014 and 2016, I thought businesses faced a worrying future. But last month’s FCA Data […]
The Pensions Regulator has appointed an independent trustee for the 15 schemes linked to the now shuttered Fast Pensions. Fast Pensions and five connected companies were wound up at the High Court in May. According to an Insolvency Service statement, it is estimated around 520 people were persuaded to transfer a total of at least […]
There are increasing hurdles to consider for advisers making the move to sell their business and trade under a new parent. Recent figures from Nucleus show advisers are shunning the idea of selling to consolidators, thanks to increasing examples of the process going wrong. Figures from a survey of around 200 advisers by the platform […]
Last week, the great and the good of the advice profession gathered in Port Talbot. An industrial town in deepest South Wales may seem an unlikely location for a high-profile conference, until you fully grasp the magnitude of what has happened there over the past 12 months and its impact on the planning profession. While […]
Schroders is to change the pricing structure on several of its Schroder Unit Trust funds, moving away from dual pricing. The firm will make the change from 17 September, when pricing will be based on a single mid-market price. UK Intermediary co-head James Rainbow says: “Switching to single pricing will provide greater simplicity for investors. […]
A firm has had its complaint rejected after being billed by the FCA for a late regulatory return. The firm, which is kepy anonymous in its complaint, went to the Complaints Commissioner after being invoiced £250 by the FCA for a late submission of part of its return, despite claiming that it had made all […]
The FCA has said it is continuing to make contingency plans for all Brexit scenarios, including “no-deal”, as negotiations continue. The government’s latest white paper on Brexit proposed an “equivalance of rules on an outcomes basis” regime for financial services allowing the UK and EU access to each others markets. In a speech by FCA […]
Staff training and management capability must be front and centre in a full cultural reform of the Financial Services Ombudsman, says former Which? chief executive Richard Lloyd. MPs on the Treasury Select Committee met to discuss Lloyd’s independent review into the FOS yesterday. The review was carried out after a Channel 4 documentary in March […]
Inflation stayed put at 2.4 per cent in June, bucking against an expectation it would rise to 2.6 per cent. Data from the Office for National Statistics released today show inflation will remain at its lowest level for 12 months. Smith & Williamson Global Inflation-Linked Bond Fund manager Thomas Wells says the Bank of England will now […]
The FCA has published a warning about an unauthorised firm based in Port Talbot that has been targeting consumers. The FCA says it believes the firm, called Talbot Review Centre, has been undertaking regulated activities that require authorisation. Port Talbot has been at the centre of the British Steel Pension Scheme scandal, which has now […]
At least 94 per cent of people have not discussed estate planning with a financial planner, new research shows. A survey of more than 2,000 people by a website that links its users to financial advisers through directory Unbiased, found 30 per cent of people are uncomfortable seeking financial advice to talk about death. It found […]
National IFA Lighthouse has renewed its contract with 19,000 member organisation the Association of School and College Leaders to provide financial advice for a further three years. Lighthouse also works with union Unison, BA Clubs, the Royal College of Nursing and Prospect. It plans to target more affinity partnerships. Lighthouse chief executive Malcolm Streatfield says: “[The […]
Lloyds Banking Group is planning on running three separate subsidiaries in Europe after Brexit, according to reports. The group was expected to manage its continental European business in Berlin, but Reuters reports it now plans two additional hubs. The Financial Times says one is likely to be Frankfurt for its euro bond trading business while […]
The Competition and Markets Authority has found problems with the investment consultancy and fiduciary management markets that work with pension trustees to advise on how they invest their funds. In a provisional report released today, the CMA found around half of pension schemes choose the same provider for fiduciary management as investment consultancy and firms […]
The regulator says advisers need to know how tools work, but many lack confidence and knowledge
The proposed FCA directory that will include advisers’ details could see more people finding “bad advisers”, according to adviser review site VouchedFor. A LinkedIn article by VouchedFor chief executive Adam Price says this is because the regulator’s consultation paper pitching the directory suggested little around underlying adviser checks being substantively improved. In the article, Price says: […]
A pension company that invested in storage products with investors’ savings has been ordered into liquidation by the High Court. Kent-based Chartwell Trustee Pension Solutions was the sole trustee of the Pinnacle Pension Scheme. Chartwell amassed in excess of £4.8m of members’ pension funds following an apparent cold-calling telesales operation. Members were told to expect 8 […]
Regulations around inducements are wider-reaching than ever before. The free-flowing champagne and jollies of decades gone by are now little but a distant memory. But the regulator is keeping a watchful eye on the industry for any sign of services and benefits that could cause bias. The crackdown on so-called non-monetary benefits started several years […]
In a recent Money Marketing column Paul Lewis argued that financial journalists and financial advisers are ‘one and the same’. In response, Nic Cicutti argued that advisers are ‘nothing like financial journalists’. As my column was due, I thought I would add my two penn’orth as an adviser of 20 years’ standing. I agree with […]
Rather than innovate in the wake of pension freedoms, the industry has taken advantage of unengaged consumers
Given that the average reading age of adults in the UK lags their biological age, insurers should simplify their wording in the underwriting process
Sometimes emotions drive client decisions so advisers need solutions that satisfy emotional and financial objectives. As humans, we have very elaborate neural systems to address threats. In particular, the emotional circuitry that kicks in to protect us from perceived threats – the ‘fight-or-flight’ response. But there is a very important distinction between threats in the modern world versus […]
The work and pensions select committee is calling for a ban on contingent charging, but this would have an impact on consumer choice. We need to protect consumer choice by mitigating growing concerns over conflicts of interest – real or perceived – and the inherent risk to contingent charging more widely. Consumers seek financial planning […]
A few months ago, I pulled a muscle in my lower back which was total agony. I went to see a sports therapist, who carefully and diligently carried out an examination. She then carried out a massage to ease the inflammation. At the end of the consultation, the therapist gave me some advice on exercises […]
It is possible that defined benefit transfer activity is nearing its peak
The night after I attended the excellent Money Marketing Awards evening I went to a Foo Fighters gig, where before and after, I was engaged in seven different conversations with friends about financial issues. A few friends had tried to pay for financial advice but were put off by London-based financial adviser charging costs. After […]
A recent article in the Daily Telegraph once again reinforced the prejudices and stereotyping we, as professionals, face every single day. Apparently, there are not enough doctors, teachers, accountants, engineers or quantity surveyors in the UK. I suspect if I look hard enough someone will be extolling the virtues of estate agents and traffic wardens. […]
Do or do not. There is no try. As with so many deep-sounding aphorisms, it’s really just somebody playing with semantics. But there is a point. The previous lines were: Luke: Master, moving stones around is one thing. This is totally different! Yoda: (irritated) No. No different. Only different in your mind. You must unlearn […]
Over the last few weeks I’ve been reviewing recent reports available to the advisory community. The one which particularly caught my attention was “Drawdown: Is it working for consumers?” which was produced by Zurich. It is based on a YouGov survey of 742 people who have moved into drawdown since pension freedoms began. The main points I pulled from the research […]
It’s important to buy a system you need rather than be sold the wrong solution
Tax avoidance scheme users need to acquaint themselves with HMRC’s processes Over the past few years accelerated payment notices have been in the news. They have been used as very effective cash flow generators for HM Revenue and Customs in tax avoidance cases where HMRC would otherwise have had to wait until the end of […]
The multi-asset label covers a diverse and complex range of investment funds and approaches. The common characteristic is that they deliver a return profile which reduces the risk of investing in those asset classes individually. Multi-asset fund managers aim to deliver superior returns while balancing the portfolio to ensure that the level of risk being […]
Adviser firms should have a consistent and planned approach to retirement planning but risks and client outcomes will vary. One of the more intelligent remarks during an adviser roundtable I hosted recently for Platforum – on the subject of decumulation in retirement – was the following: “I encourage many of my clients to turn left […]
Drawdown investors need solutions focused on downside protection, inflation hedging and managing volatility risk The sector has a job on its hands to ensure the pension freedom reforms so many of us celebrated just a few years ago do not become a landmark we reflect on with regret in decades to come. That is the […]
Suitability, know your client and financial crime checks are inextricably linked regardless of the channel of delivery
Despite growing concern about the economic outlook for China, investors need not worry
The Protection Distributors Group has launched a Claims Charter to address weaknesses in the claims process
Industry experts have reacted positively to the FCA’s long-awaited platform market study this morning and news that it is considering an exit fee ban and more guidance over how advisers should charge for platform recomendations. Commentators on the study are wary that the regulator still has a way to go to ensure clarity for advisers, […]
Planning for later life should include consideration of potential care costs as well as pensions, taxation and inheritance
Regulator unveils proposed directory of senior financial services professionals, publishes fees for 2018/19 and approves new tech-based mortgage firms. The Financial Conduct Authority published a raft of reports, consultations and policy initiatives over the past month and many will have a direct impact on the mortgage sector. Recently, the FCA has put forward plans to […]
A look at social proof and how it can help validate your work
With the average age of a financial adviser today estimated at between 45 and 55, the need for new blood is greater than ever. The profession is starting to pay more attention to young financial advisers, but what is life really like on the ground for those who fall well below the average age of […]
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‘It would be an unalloyed, unadulterated, absolute good. Everything would be good.’ Mark Carney, 5 July 2018, speaking at a Northern Powerhouse business summit.
Thomas Buckingham, portfolio manager of the JPM UK Higher Income Fund, discusses UK inflation and what it means for investors.
William Meadon, portfolio manager of the JPMorgan Claverhouse Investment Trust plc, discusses profit warnings and the impact on share price .
Levels of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity have historically moved with the stock market. Zach Chadwick, an analyst within the J.P. Morgan Asset Management UK equity team, looks at how this cycle has been no exception and discusses some common behavioural biases.
Amit Parmar looks at the recent surge in oil price and its impact on UK equity income investors.
Catch up with last week’s Money Marketing debate on what Labour would mean for financial planners with former pensions minister Steve Webb and three leading advisers.
FSCS levies are one of the biggest bills advisers have to pay. But how are they calculated? Watch our video to find out Advisers slam levy increases as FSCS bills hit desks Solving the FSCS’ long list of problems FSCS chief executive Mark Neale’s blog
FCA chief executive Andrew Bailey has just marked his first year at the top of the regulator. Money Marketing asks: Who is the man running the financial services show? Watch: Where do your FCA fees go?
Title: MM Wired: Beyond the election Date: Thursday 15th June Time: 11am Money Marketing Wired returned in association with The UK Edge on Thursday 15 June with a topical debate on the election results. To see the full on-demand version of this session, please watch the video above. Panelists Stephanie Flanders – Chief Market Strategist (UK […]
Many parents value the standard of education offered by independent schools and will pay for that privilege. Planning for the fee payments can help. Even if the children do not go to an independent school, they could go to university. In this case, the children can end up with a huge outstanding student loan which […]
Mark Devlin, Senior Technical Manager at Prudential looks at how pensions tax relief works to help with planning for clients. Winning the lottery has its appeal, who wouldn’t like turning the cost of the ticket into a fortune? Pensions tax relief in essence gives you free money (albeit with a lesser return than a lottery […]
Thomas Smith, Fund Manager & Co-Head of Emerging Market Equities, argues that a new India is taking shape with the introduction of biometric IDs, increasing smartphone penetration and a growing demand for credit. Read more here Investment risks Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of an investment and any income […]
By Thomas Smith, Fund Manager & Co-Head of Emerging Market Equities Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been elected President of Mexico, with over 50% of votes cast – the largest share ever for a president in Mexico. What are the implications for the Mexican economy? Read more here Investment risks The value of an investment and […]
Ewan Thompson, Manager of the Neptune Emerging Markets Fund, explains why dollar strength is an important indicator for emerging markets, which have weathered the recent volatility well. Watch the video here Investment risks Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of an investment and any income from it can fall as well […]
Vanguard and Nest Insight are delighted to publish our “How the UK Saves” report, one of the most extensive studies of retirement in the UK. This inaugural report analyses the choices, demographics, behaviours and outcomes of the nearly 6.5 million people using the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST). Analysis at both the employer and individual […]
Explore Wealth Management managing director Stephen Sumner explains the benefits of business coaching for financial advice firms
You know when you have given your clients sound advice based on everything you can reasonably be expected to know. But will it stand the test of time? The UK has become increasingly litigious and the rules on which advice to clients is based can change in the blink of an eye. With the passing […]
Imagine you had no business but you did have access to 150,000 potential clients. Would that be enough of an incentive to launch an advice firm? That was exactly the position Buckingham Gate managing director Matt Smith was in four years ago when he walked into a meeting with digital marketing firm Dianomi. Smith is […]