FCA to ask small advice firms how regulation impacts them

The FCA has announced a project to better understand how its rules affect smaller firms, including financial advisers. The regulator published a note today informing firms that it would soon conduct a survey to specifically identify how FCA rules impact them, to “help ensure FCA cost benefit analyses and judgements of proportionality take account of […]

Phil Wickenden: Why you need to report on client experience

Did you know that, if we squeezed the space out of all the atoms in our bodies, the entire human race would amount to the size of a sugar cube? What we value does not seem to amount to very much, does it? Indeed, say there are seven billion people in the world, each weighing […]

What financial advisers really want in a job offer

Career opportunities are being spurned, despite the lure of big-money bonuses Despite offers of increasingly large pay packets and bonus incentives, advisers are frequently turning away from job opportunities where the company will not make sure the culture fits their need, according to a new white paper. Alex Russon, managing consultant at Heat Recruitment, which […]


Advisers will overcome platform market struggles, Nucleus says

Advisers will continue to thrive in a difficult market environment despite the problems facing the platform industry, Nucleus says. Speaking to Money Marketing, Nucleus chief customer officer Barry Neilson says platforms will come under increasing pressure in the short-term with advisers demanding more agile technology to cope with growing customer numbers. Platforms that can harness […]

Ros Altmann

Ros Altmann: Govt bodies must promote value of advice

A vital element of the new Single Financial Guidance Body’s role should be helping the public understand the difference between free, impartial guidance and expert, impartial advice, so consumers recognise the value added by professional financial advisers. The new body merges three old consumer organisations: Pension Wise, the Money Advice Service and The Pensions Advisory Service. […]

John Chatfeild-Roberts: Why markets left 2018 with a whimper

Few investments saw high returns last year Markets last year were akin to a boxing match, with investors strutting into the ring in January 2018 full of beans and swagger, but ending it on the canvas, down but not knocked out. It was a bruising year, especially for equities globally, and despite a short-lived post-Boxing […]