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Sue Whitbread: Don’t forget the paraplanners

Advisers and planners do not need to be reminded to fulfil CPD requirements if they wish to retain their Statement of Professional Standing. Making sure an effective training and competence plan is in place is a key part of successful business practice. But what about paraplanners? How many firms include paraplanners and support staff in […]

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Profile: Openwork’s new chief on the dearth of advisers

When Openwork chief executive Mark Duckworth speaks about the drop in adviser numbers since the late 1980s the figures sound astonishing: 285,000 advisers serving a UK population of 50 million in 1989, compared with 23,000 advisers available for 64 million people today. Put another way, there are currently around 200,000 consumers for every adviser when, […]

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Octopus to offer VCTs through Transact

Octopus Investments is to allow investors to buy and hold shares in its Venture Capital Trusts through adviser-facing platform Transact for the first time.  The launch of the service follows a change announced in the Finance Bill 2014 which allows investors to buy VCTs directly via a platform. Previously, investors could only transfer their holding to […]

Bank of England holds base rate at 0.5%

The Bank of England has confirmed the base interest rate will be held at 0.5 per cent for the 74th consecutive month. The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee has also voted to keep the quantitative easing programme at £375bn, a level that has been maintained since July 2012 when it was increased by £50bn. The Bank’s […]

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Let’s talk about sex (equality)

Tracey Dickson – Marketing Consultant It’s been 100 years since women were given the right to vote in the UK, and we’ve seen a lot of stories in the press recently about this triumph and the ongoing campaign for equality for women – both in wider society and in the workplace. Today something else in the […]

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