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FSA plans more research for filtered questions

The FSA&#39s independent research on the selling of the Sandler suite of simplified products shows 80 per cent of consumers got the same or similar advice from sales advisers as they would have received from fully qualified advisers.

But the regulator says further research is required before a full assessment of the impact of a filtered questions approach is known.

FSA director Michael Folger says: “Today&#39s report demonstrates that 80 per cent of consumers got the same, or similar, advice from sales advisers recommending simplified products as they would have received from a fully qualified adviser.

“We now need to conduct a second round of research. Then we will be able to conclude whether the filtered questions approach would achieve an acceptable balance between our objective to protect consumers and the principle that we must act in a proportionate way.”


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