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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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Chris Hannant: Make the voice of advisers heard at the election

After what seems like never ending preliminaries, the general election campaign is now in full swing. When it comes to the outcome the only thing certain is that no one really knows what is going to happen. With the impact the smaller parties are having, we are looking at a wide range of different outcomes […]

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Spotlight on regulation: Anticipating the rush to comply with EU regulation

There is a great deal of rule-making going on in Brussels right now, some of which will have a significant impact on the retail distribution market in the UK. 

 The European Union packaged retail investment and insurance-based investment products regulation, requiring disclosure of key information to investors for all Priips, combined with a new […]

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Apfa: Is now the time to get pension transfer qualified?

Early last month the FCA published a consultation paper (CP15/7) looking at “proposed changes to our pension transfer rules”. It is one in a series of consultations on regulations designed to support the Government’s new pension flexibility regime. Because time is tight until the full changes come into force on 6 April, the timescales involved […]

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Chris Hannant: Your pension reforms readiness checklist

The day of pension flexibility and choice reform is nearly upon us. I think it is fair to say no one really knows how it will go but there are clear signs a significant number of retirees have held back on making decisions regarding their pots to take advantage of the changes. While a great […]

Keith Richards: Advice sector has reached a reputational turning point

The last year has witnessed significant and positive strides in the perception and value of advice. One of the key aims of the RDR was to improve consumer confidence through increased professionalism and transparency. The FCA’s latest thematic review on the subject provided much evidence this was being achieved, thanks in no small part to […]