I have in the past five years had the misfortune to be a member of one national IFA and two networks. The national retained a ridiculously high percentage of gross income that it become prohibitive to be associated with them while the networks silently slipped into administration along with my money. I am now in […]
Networks are no longer adding value to IFA firms, rather they add costs and complexity while doing nothing to enhance the IFA’s adviser-client relationship. Networks are now proving to be the dinosaurs of the industry.
Lighthouse is setting up an online platform, Lighthouse Xpress, developed over the last year with Quay Software. Lighthouse says it will enable advisers to communicate electronically with providers and will allow it to check compliance.
With 23 auto-enrolment compliance notices issued by the Pensions Regulator, and an evolving legislative landscape meaning previously compliant schemes may now be in breach of regulation, now is the time to think about auditing your auto-enrolment scheme. Johnson Fleming is hosting a webinar on 9 October at 11:00 on how to audit your scheme to ensure compliance, avoid breaches and fines and overcome data issues.
The FCA says product providers must be able to show they have taken the needs of customers into account that have transferred out of defined benefit schemes. In a Dear CEO Letter sent to the heads of major providers, the regulator lays out how providers should treat customers fairly in the context of DB to […]
Former executives at Australia’s largest banks are likely to be sent to jail as the fallout from the country’s Royal Commission gathers pace, according to a former competition regulator. Earlier this week one of Australia’s biggest banks, Westpac, said it is expecting to cut 900 full-time advice roles as it prepares to drop its loss-making […]
News from Synaptic that they are to retire their Client Care Desktop practice management software means users need to take some significant decisions. Support will end in September and the firm will withdraw the software altogether from the market by the year end, meaning those businesses affected need to explore their options. While I understand […]