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Tom Kean: Confused regulation is holding back advisers

I like to think one of the skills that makes me a decent adviser is the ability to convert complex, illogical and sometimes-opaque notions into bite-sized snippets of information clients might understand. Thirty years in the job has led me to accept, although we live and breathe our subject, that is simply not the case […]

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Lee Robertson: Rise to the challenge

I have been reading the commentary and social media activity around the recent BACK2Y conference with huge interest. I should probably declare some interests here. I went to the first conference last year and would have gone again this year if not for a diary clash. I have known and respected founder Paul Armson for […]

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Mel Kenny: Why reading the trade press is not a waste of time

Let me tell you about a colleague. We’ll call him Nigel. I wonder how many other financial advisers exhibit similar characteristics to him when it comes to the circulation of the trade press. I can tell it is either a Monday or Thursday as the reverberating sound of free trade press publications still in their […]

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Neil Liversidge: Do we really know better than our clients?

The late Sir John Templeton had 10 maxims for investment success.  Number 10 was that “an investor who has all the answers doesn’t even understand the questions”. Along with all the standard and risk warnings, we frankly tell every client that while we give advice in good faith we do not claim to be omniscient. […]

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Nick Bamford: Time for a systems and processes check up

Good advisory businesses typically operate with consistent systems and processes that enable them to produce bespoke outcomes for clients. Starting from scratch each time to deliver advice and allowing individuals in the firm to be left to their own devices to determine how to deliver such advice seems like a recipe for disaster. In light […]

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Martin Bamford: A better way of FSCS funding

“It’s all wrong”. This running joke at our office is based on a regularly occurring statement made by a former financial planner who would often exclaim everything was incorrect with a piece of work. When overreactions and blame are your speciality, it is easy to turn a drama into a crisis. But as I look […]

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Pete Matthew: For the love of my (not boring) job

My 15-year-old daughter is in the process of planning her work experience. When discussing this with her, she uttered this telling phrase: “I’m determined not to do a boring job when I’m older.” A worthy goal indeed but it got me looking back to my journey towards doing a job I love. Certainly I did […]

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Tony Byrne: Beware the lifetime allowance Venus flytrap

There was a time when, on a change of government, there was an unwritten rule the incoming party would not reverse the legislation introduced by the previous one. In addition, the concept of retrospective legislation did not exist. This was considered fair and reasonable, especially because it allowed individuals to plan their lives in accordance […]