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Focus on problems, not point-scoring

THE EDITOR’S COMMENT OF THE WEEK

I am replying to Mark Hoban’s comparison between the current level of IFA qualifi-cation and a diploma in shift work from McDonald’s.
There is nothing wrong with setting benchmarks and standards. As I see it, what is at issue here is:

  • The timing and inflexiblility of the new standards, causing real problems for real people.
  • The totally unnecessary ignorant and juvenile point-scoring attitude evident in both politicians and certain people in the FSA.

If the same amount of time spent trying to impress people was used to resolve the genuine problems that many IFAs will experience, we might get somewhere. I do not hold out much hope.

SIMON BULLIVENT
Edward T James & Co

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