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Conferences clash for PFS and IFP

The Personal Finance Society and the Institute of Financial Planning have scheduled their annual conferences for the same dates in September next year.

The PFS announced at its annual conference last week its 2010 conference will be held in Warwick on September 20-21. The IFP this week said its conference will be at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales on September 20-22. Both conferences are being held earlier than usual. The IFP, which usually holds its conference in October, says it has moved dates as the Ryder Cup is at the same venue starting on October 1.

PFS past president Rob Reid says the PFS conference must be held earlier next year due to a change in its year-end. He says: “We want to hold our AGM at the conference for easy access for our members and to cut costs, so we have had to schedule our conference earlier than usual.”

Both bodies insist they will go ahead with the proposed dates.

IFP chief executive Nick Cann says: “I would guess that about 40 per cent of the IFP membership are also members of the PFS but despite the clash, we are expecting it to be a sell-out conference.”

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  1. David Trenner - Intelligent Pensions 3rd December 2009 at 11:15 am

    This is a complete nonsense! What Nick Cann is saying – and he may be right – is that IFP will sell out, so he does not care. But PFS had a very poor turn out last week (half of what they had last year) and will suffer if they do not reschedule.

    In any event, wouldn’t it be nice if just for once the profession was seen to be united and not divided!

  2. Graham Vine: Chartere Financial Planner 3rd December 2009 at 1:46 pm

    “In any event, wouldn’t it be nice if just for once the profession was seen to be united and not divided”
    Here here !

    I did not go this year because the PFS have progressively retreated from the solid Technical Update sessions I used to so value in the good old SOFA days.

    I would also have got into a bare knuckle fight at the AGM over the CII prostituting the Chartered title by allowing Bankassurers with 400-500 slespeople describing then selves as a Chartered Firm offering Chartered quality advice on the basis of less than half a dozen Chartered Members in back offices where they don’t meet clients or even the salespeople.

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