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Davies points to easing of polarisation but strengthening of advice

Howard Davies has told the London meeting the FSA believes it can protect consumers while easing polarisation. He said: &#34IFAs now face a series of challenges – new products, charging caps and, potentially polarisation reforms – but the sector has already shown that it is able to adapt to change.&#34

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Guide: day-to-day tasks ​— can your system manage?

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