Although I do not support his party, I think Oliver Letwin was right to question the role of the FSA.The legislation going back to 1986 was always flawed because it focused on regulating advice.This sounds wonderful but it can give consumers the impression that risk is transferred to the adviser on the basis that if […]
With the approach of D-Day – December 1 – the minds of tied and independent advisers should be straying towards the consideration of their regulatory status in the newly depolarised world. Depolarisation offers advisers the options of being whole of market, limited choice or single provider. Currently, of course, there are only two choices -IFA or tied adviser.
The pension versus Isa debate has raged on and off for years. Les Cameron, head of technical at Prudential, asks if three’s a crowd. I think the debate was arguably settled by pensions freedom when the biggest downside of pensions – limited access and poor death benefits – was fundamentally changed. Total access, albeit with […]
IFAs want more clarity on environmental, social and governance investment products to be able to better communicate them to clients. A HSBC Global Asset Management survey of over 200 UK IFAs found that 57 per cent would like more ratings for ESG products. Concerns over diversity, human rights, consumer protection, and animal welfare are the […]
St James’s Place has hired Claire Blackwell as director of marketing from Newton Investment Management. Blackwell says: “We have a responsibility to continue to develop ourselves and our proposition in the interests of better financial outcomes for clients.” SJP shuns new CII exam in favour of in-house programmes She has held a variety of positions across the […]
Something drastic needs to be done to make the protection landscape fit for today’s world Like most journalists, when I first began writing for Money Marketing years ago, I needed to be schooled in the ways of financial services. In my case, this role was carried out by a small coterie of energetic financial advisers […]