Lighthouse signs advice deal with fostering agency

Network Lighthouse has signed a two year deal to provide financial advice services to FosterTalk, a firm that provides support services for 30,000 foster carers. The tie-up sees the network give advice across retirement planning, mortgages and investments. It is the latest in a series of affinity partnerships that means Lighthouse provides advice to staff […]

Mark Cotter: The Russian doll of platform due diligence

With the news last week that Standard Life has acquired Axa Elevate, I suspect many already overworked advisers are heaving weary sighs. “Not more due diligence on our chosen platforms,” I hear them cry. These kinds of industry developments raise an interesting question: which parts of the platform chain are you evaluating? Is it the […]


RDR has little impact on public trust of advisers

Confidence in the advice sector since the introduction of the Retail Distribution Review has remained static among unadvised clients, new figures from the Personal Finance Society show. The PFS surveyed 2,030 people in March to gauge if they had confidence and trust in the professional financial advice sector. It compared its results to a similar survey […]


Why FAMR misses the point on demand for advice

The FCA has published a speech made by acting chief executive Tracey McDermott at a recent conference I attended on the Financial Advice Market Review. The speech, entitled The regulation of Advice – Recommendations post-FAMR, can be found on its website. Coincidentally, it was announced McDermott would be leaving the regulator just before she stepped […]


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