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600 advisers register for Pos Sol learning academy in three days

Almost 600 IFA partners have registered for membership of the Positive Solutions Learning Academy in its first three days since launch.

The online Academy allows advisers to research and sign up for a wide range of training and development initiatives over the company’s adviser extranet.

Additionally, more than 180 partners have contacted the Positive Solutions/Chartered Insurance Institute to register for exam entry and the corresponding exam support packages.

This follows Positive Solutions’ promise to cover the costs of all Partners’ CII diploma qualification materials, course guides, online educational learning and exam entry.

Pos Sol chief executive Jim Reeve says: “We are obviously delighted with the initial response to the launch but believe this is only the beginning with increasing numbers of Partners likely to become involved in the coming months,” said

“Advisers understand that focusing on their own personal and professional development is essential to their future success in the industry, enabling them to give a higher standard of advice and to break into new markets.

“Creating the Learning Academy shows Positive Solutions stands out from its rivals for giving its advisers more opportunity for success. This early response shows that our Partners are just as keen to make that success happen.”


Aussie software firm joins Aifa

Australian software company Logic 100, which offers UK IFAs access to an holistic financial planning platform, has joined Aifa as an affiliate member.

Bank votes for rate hold at 5%

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has voted to keep the Base Rate at 5 percent.

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England vs Australia: pensions

Well, the cricket season is here, and England and Australia are stepping up to the wicket. Although we compete with each other in the sporting world, when it comes to pensions, Australia’s pension programme is held up as a model for our auto-enrolment initiative. Auto-enrolment was introduced because people weren’t saving enough into their pensions, and it is still early days but signs are positive. However, in Australia, saving into a pension is compulsory, and in fact employers are the ones who have to pay in. Employees in Australia can make additional contributions into their pensions, but they don’t have to. Should the onus be on the employer or employee to save? Well in the UK we think it’s both, but to get ‘adequate’ savings for retirement it’s the employee who has to pay more in.


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