View more on these topics

FSA chief to send out RDR olive branch to IFAs

FSA chief executive Hector Sants will send out a conciliatory message to IFAs tonight telling Aifa members he is well aware of their RDR concerns and acknowledging the regulator has not made its intentions clear at times.

Sants will tell Aifa members at the trade body’s annual dinner that it does not have an “anti-IFA agenda” and that any vibrant and innovative market must have a strong small firm component.

Sants will say: “I want to emphasise that we recognise the real value that IFAs add for consumers, and the contribution that you make to the outcomes we are seeking. And finally, I want to demonstrate to you that we do listen and that we are aware of the concerns that are expressed by Aifa as well as by others in the industry.”

Sants will pledge the FSA will not jump to premature conclusions and that it is still very much in listening mode.

He will say: “I understand there have been times when we have not made our intentions, or our motives for those intentions, sufficiently clear, which can call into question the FSA’s accountability and transparency. This is something that we are consciously looking to improve, although I think it is fair to say that many of these concerns stretch back to the days of our predecessor regulators.”

He will say he believes a successful RDR model must be simple, easy for the consumer to understand, flexible enough to encourage competition and offer the opportunity of a fair economic return.

He will say advisers should see the RDR as an opportunity not a threat through improving professionalism, showing consumers the value of advice and increasing the sustainable value of their businesses.

“We are asking the industry to be visionary about the future of distribution rather than seeing the proposals in the context of today’s market,” he will say.

Sants will also tell members there will be a “significant enhancement” to its supervision strategy and a 25 per cent increase in the number of small firm supervisors.

He also will say there will be a significant corresponding increase in enforcement resources to ensure it can take the appropriate action against “those that harm the market’s reputation”.

Recommended

Le Beau takes non-exec role at claim firm

Le Beau Visage managing director Peter Le Beau has been appointed non-executive director at the Health Claims Bureau.HCB is part-owned by GenRe and specialises in claims services, providing assessor support and training, process and system reviews, home visits, and investigation and surveillance services.Le Beau, who is chairman of the Income Protection Taskforce, says the industry […]

Economist claims US is already in recession

Dr Mark Faber, economist and author of the Boom Doom and Gloom report, says optimism on the prospects for the US economy is misplaced as the world’s biggest economy is already in recession.Speaking at the Ashburton investment conference in Jersey last week, Faber said the sub-prime crisis and falling house prices have had a massive […]

Bankhall blasts ‘poor value’ profit schemes

Bankhall chief executive Peter Mann has voiced concerns about IFAs being enticed into shared-equity schemes that offer indeterminate amounts at indeterminate points in time.The support services provider is introducing what it describes as a value-building plan in response to the wave of profit-sharing models springing up in the industry.He believes many of the deals offered […]

Newsletter

News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up

Comments

    Leave a comment