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Pensions minister Ros Altmann lays out priorities

New pensions minister Ros Altmann has outlined her priorities in her first public statement since entering Government. Altmann says her key focuses will be the state pension, auto-enrolment and safeguarding pension freedoms. She says: “As our population ages, it is more important than ever to help, encourage and empower people to plan and prepare for […]

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Profile: ‘The future of advice will be more telephone and web-based’

Interrupting clients who were busy watching Coronation Street or bathing their children prompted Rochester-based adviser Jamie Smith-Thompson to establish a telephone-based advice business. The Portal Financial managing director was working as a self-employed adviser, generating his own prospective clients and trying to arrange face-to-face appointments with them when he had his Eureka moment. “I was […]

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Advisers seek compensation for Iress Xplan system failures

A number of advice firms are pursuing Iress for thousands of pounds in refunded fees, after suffering “nightmare” technical problems with its Xplan software. Xplan is an end-to-end system which offers portfolio management, client communication and business management tools. Australian technology provider Iress also owns software programme Adviser Office, following its acquisition of Avelo in […]

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Locking horns: Garry Heath clashes with Apfa over adviser trade body plans

The launch of a new trade organisation representing advisers has reignited the debate around the industry’s ability to lobby at the highest level. This week Money Marketing revealed how former IFA Association director general Garry Heath is launching a new trade body in May for wealth managers and independent and restricted advisers. Heath says Apfa […]

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