View more on these topics

Gadget of the fortnight: Bridging the gap

Blue Speck does more than most organisations to enable advisers to work with its consumer service. 


Online consumer-facing personal finance solutions are evolving and the amount of information and services available free to clients continues to advance. While these sites can appear attractive, I believe firms need to have a clear understanding of what they offer so advisers can really articulate why their service offers more, even if it has to be paid for.

Blue Speck Media, the company behind MoneyHub, also offers a consumer service – although it does far more than most other organisations to enable advisers to work with it. provides consumers with a wide range of tools and calculators, educational content and access to advice covering savings and investment, protection and mortgages. Blue Speck says the offering is designed to help consumers choose the direction they want to follow and access the right information, products or advice. 

There is an integration to MoneyHub, which is how advisers can use it to engage with clients. I would urge readers to spend some time getting to understand this service.

Ian McKenna is director of Finance & Technology Research Centre



Swiss police raid HSBC’s Geneva base

Swiss prosecutors have today raided the offices of HSBC’s Swiss private bank over suspected aggravated money laundering. A statement from the Geneva prosecutor’s office says: “A search is currently underway in the premises of the bank, led by attorney general Olivier Jornot and the prosecutor Yves Bertossa. An HSBC spokesman says: “We have cooperated continuously with […]


FCA backs EU dealing commission clampdown

The FCA has backed plans from the European Union to bar investment firms using dealing commission to pay for research. In a feedback statement issued earlier today, the City watchdog says it would “strongly support” proposals from the European Securities and Markets Authority issued in December. Under the EU reform proposals, an investment manager will […]


Advice firm LEBC posts £1.1m profit

Advice firm LEBC has posted a 43 per cent increase in pre-tax profits from £769,000 in 2013 to £1.1m last year. Turnover increased by 9 per cent from £11.3m to £12.3m over the same period. LEBC group chief executive Jack McVitie says the firm expects greater business volumes following the introduction of the new pension freedoms. […]


Tony Wickenden: Another brick in the tax avoidance wall

Last week I looked at (yet) another brick in the formidable wall of tax avoidance measures being built by the Government in the shape of the diverted profits tax to be applied to corporations satisfying certain conditions laid down in the legislation. Given its potential impact a “breezeblock” in the wall might be a more […]


DB transfer shouldn’t be all-or-nothing

By Steve Webb, director of policy In my recent discussions with advisers, a hot topic has been the growing number of people interested in transferring their defined benefit pension rights into a defined contribution pension scheme. With many pension schemes offering eye-watering transfer values, this is likely to be an area of increasing interest. Yet […]


News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up


    Leave a comment


    Why register with Money Marketing ?

    Providing trusted insight for professional advisers. Since 1985 Money Marketing has helped promote and analyse the financial adviser community in the UK and continues to be the trusted industry brand for independent insight and advice.

    News & analysis delivered directly to your inbox
    Register today to receive our range of news alerts including daily and weekly briefings

    Money Marketing Events
    Be the first to hear about our industry leading conferences, awards, roundtables and more.

    Research and insight
    Take part in and see the results of Money Marketing's flagship investigations into industry trends.

    Have your say
    Only registered users can post comments. As the voice of the adviser community, our content generates robust debate. Sign up today and make your voice heard.

    Register now

    Having problems?

    Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3712

    Lines are open Monday to Friday 9:00am -5.00pm