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IMA says Menu will boost advice

The IMA has welcomed the FSA&#39s proposals for the menu, saying the move towards transparent costs will enable investors to make informed decisions when seeking advice.

Chief executive Richard Saunders says: “Educating consumers about the service they are paying for will encourage people to take advice in order to purchase the most appropriate products for their needs.”

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Multi-manager SEI Investments has drafted its US communications director Chris Hylen to the UK in a bid to boost outsource partnerships with selected IFA companies. As head of wealth solutions, Hylen, who worked for SEI&#39s US adviser network, will identify potential adviser partners in addition to his role as a builder of business solutions for […]

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