Ian McKenna

Ian McKenna is director at the Finance & Technology Research Centre founded in 1995, which focuses on technology in the financial advice market.

He describes himself as a financial technology evangelist who is passionate about how technology can help people better understand money and take better decisions.

Ian has written widely for Money Marketing on the topic on financial advice and technology.

Ian McKenna

Ian McKenna: Why UK robos look more valuable than US peers

With Asia’s emerging middle class providing huge growth opportunities, firms based in countries part of the ‘global sandbox’ appear very attractive The recent announcement that Goldman Sachs has become a strategic investor in Nutmeg and that the funds will be used to facilitate the digital wealth manager’s international expansion has fascinating connotations. The £45m deal […]

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Ian McKenna: Pension dashboard needs a savings boost

The benefits of presenting data from the pension dashboard needs to be put side by side with savers’ bank accounts The government finally revealed its plans for the pension dashboard project earlier this month and the details, which include a commitment to multiple dashboards and to delegated adviser access, are positive for both advisers and […]

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Ian McKenna: The missing links in pensions engagement

Too many new initiatives are ignoring the obvious foundation available from which to build on Last month’s Budget documents confirmed the government is supporting the pension dashboard project, setting aside £5m to fund it. But the most significant part of the announcement was that the documents referenced “pension dashboards” – plural, not singular. The clear […]


Ian McKenna: Are robo-advice users really protected?

It is important the industry finds ways to make investing easier but we must remember rules have evolved for good reason The debate over the regulatory standards for robo-advisers continues to intensify. The FCA’s recent review into automated advice services made it clear online discretionary investment managers must meet the same suitability standards as advisers. […]