Phil Young: How machine learning will shake-up advice

Machine learning will transform underwriting, fund management and regulation, and could shake-up advice too Having heard the phrase “machine learning” a number of times, it had never occurred to me that I had no idea what it meant. I had assumed it was a figure of speech; consultant speak for “a bit better at sums […]


Govt crackdown to protect pensions when firms go bust

The government is pressing ahead with plans to safeguard pensions when a company goes bust with directors potentially facing being banned or fined. Directors who dissolve their companies to avoid paying pensions could be subject to the penalties. Under the new powers the Insolvency Service will be able to fine directors or have them disqualified. […]


Intrinsic reports £15m loss

Losses at Quilter-owned advice network Intrinsic have increased again. The business has reported an operating loss of £15.1m in the year ended 31 December 2017, an increase on the £8.9m loss it made the previous year. According to accounts filed to Companies House, the increased loss at Intrinsic Financial Services was due to growing its […]

Profile: Fidelius chief: FSCS levies should be based on risk

Fidelius chief executive on picking the right industry battles and building advice firms from scratch Fidelius chief executive Jim Grant bought his first advice firm in 1996, so he is used to the regulatory quirks of the UK financial services industry. Take the holy grail of “what good looks like”. It is a source of frustration for […]


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