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Scott Gallacher: Compliance processes can harm clients

I  am convinced the government sees regulation as a great, free solution to each and every one of the world’s problems. And, to be fair, from its perspective it probably is: simply create some rules or, better still, a regulatory authority to oversee some aspect of business, have businesses pay for it via levies and, […]

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FOS dispels ‘myths’ about bias against advisers

The Financial Ombudsman Service has challenged the view it is biased against advisers and takes an inconsistent approach to the profession in rulings. Lead ombudsman Caroline Mitchell criticised several “myths” advisers have about the body at Money Marketing’s Retirement Summit yesterday. She says it is not true FOS will rule against an adviser if they […]

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Trade body’s decision to split property sector could still trip advisers up

While the Investment Association’s decision to split its property sector category will make it easier for advisers to compare information, they will still need to review the funds carefully, commentators warn. The Investment Association is dividing its property sector into separate UK Direct Property and Property Other sectors from 1 September. Hearthstone Investments fund manager […]

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