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Kim North: Hunter instincts and the advice process

Sitting in a chartered and certified IFA business I am bombarded with online messaging. I would love to have the luxury of clicking through from a Money Marketing headline to read a whole article but a client’s email appearing over the website will always take priority. So I deal with my client’s request, keep reading […]

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Profile: Openwork’s new chief on the dearth of advisers

When Openwork chief executive Mark Duckworth speaks about the drop in adviser numbers since the late 1980s the figures sound astonishing: 285,000 advisers serving a UK population of 50 million in 1989, compared with 23,000 advisers available for 64 million people today. Put another way, there are currently around 200,000 consumers for every adviser when, […]

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Just Retirement launches simplified advice service

Just Retirement has launched a simplified advice service for people with smaller pension pots in a bid to bridge the “advice gap” left by the RDR. The firm is offering the service initially through pension providers. Customers will be given personal recommendations over the phone on how to use their pension pot, including whether to […]

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For better or worse, or to save IHT!

Karen Playfair, Senior Marketing Consultant I recently got married, and my husband and I realised that as a result we should review our wills – not one of our most romantic moments, but possibly one of our more sensible ones! And even though we both previously had wills, it turns out that when you get […]

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