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Judgement day

As a frequent letter writer and contributor to our trade press on the

subject of PI Insurance,I must thank David Kenmir for providing so

much mis-guided comment which I can write about.

If it is only the bad IFAs which cannot get PI Insurance, I would

like to know which ones they are and how he intends making such a

judgement. The absence of compliant PI Insurance is industrywide.

Therefore, that cannot be the basis of measurement therefore.

The ability to “self-insure”in the absence of compliant PI insurance

will enable the IFA to argue successfully with the FSA for a

continuation of trading. Conversely, those without sufficient liquid

assets will not be able to. I have been clearly advised by the FSA

that that will be the basis on which I can continue to trade. If my

com-pany&#39s liquid assets are insuff-icient according to a yardstick

which they have yet to dream up, am I considered a bad IFA?

As Sir Howard Davies has acknowledged publicly, the PI crisis is very

largely to do with the pension review and not to do with whether this

company is a good IFA or a bad IFA.

As liquid assets would be the basis for deciding who continues and

who does not, could we wonder where those liquid assets came from.

Could it be that the IFA concerned maximised commissions before the 1

per cent world took effect?

The other aspect of this which Kenmir has strenuously denied is the

suggestion that he wants to get rid of IFAs – particularly small

IFAs. It seems that the allegations were correct all along and

companies like mine cannot any longer look to the FSA to protect us

and thereby protect the valuable service which we are providing to

our clients.

I agree with the LIA&#39sJohn Ellis. “I think it shows an astonishing

degree of complacency about the situation at a time when it is

extremely worrying.” Where did common sense go?

Malcolm Baxter

Director, Baxter & Lindley,

Tring, Herts

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