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Ducking the issue?

Money Marketing readers who are directly authorised may recently have

received a circular promoting a new CD training programme published by the


The title of this CD is Compliance Essentials for Financial Advisers.

Therefore, one might consider it prudent to ensure that you place your

order for a total of £44.65 per disk without delay.

What would it say to the regulator if you did not ask for one? I have

three questions:

1: Considering how much we pay for the honour of being regulated, why

isn&#39t it free?

2: Isn&#39t this a monopoly position? If so, why isn&#39t the Monopolies Board

having a look at this?

3: Why do I feel like one of those little plastic ducks at a fairground?

Harry Katz

Norwest Consultants,




Ombudsman threat to FSA on endowments

The Financial Ombudsman Service is threatening to replace FSA guidance on endowments with its own procedures if it is hit with too many complaints.The FOS says FSA guidance to take notional savings into account when assessing compensation could overcomplicate procedures and lead to a backlog.If this is the case it will streamline the guidance though […]

Colonial rebranding to be top 10 IFA firm

Colonial First State Investments is to ditch the 100-year-old Colonialname from its UK brand in the first step of a multi-million-pound relaunchinto the IFA market. The fund manager, which will rebrand as First State Investments, is alsolooking at the possibility of launching an online IFA platform based ontechnology from Australia. First State Investments chief executive […]

Outside Edge – Robert Reid

Earlier this week, I found myself playing golf at the prestigious RoyalBlackheath Golf Club when a sudden downpour sent me scurrying towards mygolf bag in search of my waterproofs. Forgetting that the last time I wore these was in 1990, I quickly put themon, only to convince my playing partner that at some time I […]

Govt puts pension advice on the web

The Government is trying to provide a one-stop retirement advisory servicewith a pension link on its main public website. The Life Episode for Pensions and Retirement service appears on website alongside inf-ormation on going on holiday,bereavement and having a baby. The advice is divided into four stages – planning for retirement,approaching retirement, reaching statutory […]


Guide: 10 required letters — what to send, to whom and when?

This guide from Johnson Fleming will take you through the required communication and also give ideas for additional actions that will ensure your auto-enrolment project is a success. The topics in this guide include: the letters you need to send out; what to send and when; the importance of employee engagement; and what to consider as additional communication.


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