Five minutes with…Phil Bray

Ahead of speaking at Money Marketing Interactive in May, founder and director of The Yardstick Agency Phil Bray gives tips on how advisers can improve their public image and why the FCA should rethink their plans for the register On a scale of 1 to 10, how optimistic are you about the advice market for […]

Compliance tip: Five steps to GDPR compliance

With the General Data Protection Regulation fast approaching, firms should be turning their attention to the necessary updates to policies, procedures and business practices required for ongoing compliance. This five-step framework will help guide you through the transition. Identify your data: It is essential firms have a clear understanding of the types of data they […]


Can artificial intelligence solve the DB transfer problem?

Pension transfers are a minefield for advisers but the makers of a new tool believe their algorithms can provide the answer The recent launch of Wealth Wizards’ artificial intelligence capability, Turo, illustrates the possibilities technology can bring to advice. Turo enables robo-advice to be delivered in line with an advice firm’s way of doing things. […]


Aviva boss joins BlackRock board

Aviva chief executive Mark Wilson has joined BlackRock’s board, alongside two other new independent directors. BlackRock chief executive Laurence Fink says Wilson’s experience in UK and European financial services will be a “tremendous benefit to BlackRock’s management, clients and shareholders”. General Atlantic chief executive Bill Ford and Microsoft vice president Peggy Johnson also join the […]


FSCS declares 24 firms in default

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme declared 24 firms in default in January and February, including several advice firms. Cardiff-based Castle Court Consulting, PMI Independent Financial Advisers and Northern Ireland-based Kellands are among the advice firms declared in default. Scottish firm Philpott Reed Partnership, Total Wealth Solutions and Kingsland Financial Management were also included in the […]

Lifting the lid on investment committees

Many smaller firms are mistaken in thinking they do not need an investment committee. Here are the key considerations in establishing one… Investment committees are usually associated with larger advice firms and those conducting discretionary management, but the reality is the same rules and principles apply to smaller firms. Indeed, given the number of firms […]