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Brewin Dolphin swoops for clients of Dundee adviser

Wealth manager Brewin Dolphin has acquired the financial planning and investment assets of Dundee firm Clark Thomson Mortgage Finders. Brewin Dolphin gets 150 clients through the deal. David Hogg, one of the directors of Clark Thomson is set to retire after 35 years in the industry. No staff will move to Brewin Dolphin as part […]

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Advisers called out on poor risk tolerance testing

Financial advisers need to engage in less systematic risk tolerance testing to position clients for high investment returns, according to risk profiling firm Oxford Risk. Speaking at a FinaMetrica/miPlanPlus event today, Oxford Risk head of behavioural finance Greg Davies says suitability across the industry is “rife with poor practice”. Davies says the most common adviser […]

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FCA looks to ban debt management boss for client money breaches

The FCA is attempting to ban the boss of a debt management firm for allegedly using client money to purchase the business. Darren Lee Newton purchased First Step from former director Christine Whitehurst in 2013. The FCA argues he funded the deal through client money rather than out of his own pocket. Newton allowed more […]

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Phil Wickenden: Reasons to be cheerful on GDPR

One week out from implementation, our research shows only around half of advisers are 100 per cent confident they are ready for the General Data Protection Regulation. GDPR represents the biggest ever change to how personal data is collected and handled. The fundamentals are quite simple: to give individuals more control over how their personal […]

FCA warns of fraudulent Axa IM clone

Axa Investment Managers is the latest firm to be cloned by scammers, the FCA has warned. The clone firm has been operating under the name Axa IM with a Northampton address. The FCA warning page says a person called Alan Winks is associated with the clone firm and three email addresses have been set up. […]

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Steve Webb: Let people pay transfer advice costs from DB pension rights

Offsetting the cost of advice this way would benefit clients and advisers alike One of the multiple barriers to better take-up of financial advice is that some people are unwilling or unable to meet the upfront cost. In response to this, the government has allowed people to take small chunks (three lots of £500) out […]