Nick Bamford: Are you noticing vulnerability?

The ageing population means we are likely to be dealing with more elderly people. Although the term “elderly” means different things to different people, we must be careful of vulnerability here. In fact, the FCA definition of a vulnerable client is broad: “Someone who, due to their personal circumstances, is especially susceptible to detriment, particularly […]


Advice firms back govt gender diversity charter

Advice firms, including St James’s Place, are pledging their support to increasing gender diversity in financial services by signing up to a government charter. The Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter now has 272 signatories, with 67 companies signing up between March and June. Advice firms Ellis Davies Financial Planning, Magenta Financial Planning, Evolution Financial Planning […]

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FCA warns of fraudulent Alliance Trust Savings clone

The FCA is warning investors about a scam firm pretending to be platform Alliance Trust Savings. The clone firm has been operating under the name Alliance Trust and is using the same address as the authorised firm. According to the FCA, it has been using a false website and email. The FCA warns that scammers […]


FCA removes permissions for adviser and two firms over unpaid fees

Two advice firms and one individual adviser have lost their FCA permissions for failing to pay regulatory fees. According to final notices from the FCA, Michelle Singlehurst, Hale Financial Services and Independent Portfolio Managers ceased to be authorised on 21 June. Singlehurst failed to pay £2,523 comprising of regulatory fees and levies worth £2,023 and £500 […]


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