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Membership of networks set to nosedive, says FSA

Network membership will plummet under FSA depolarisation proposals, with many RIs leaving to become directly authorised multi-tied advisers and remaining IFAs spurning their services, the regulator has claimed.

IFAs are also predicting an exodus of network members back to the tied sector if the proposals are implemented.

In its consultation paper, the FSA says networks may choose to link with what it calls a “host provider” to become its “multi-tied arm” but this will create the issue of “whether individual firms within the networks will choose to remain in the network”. It admits one of the costs of its proposals is that only a few networks would have to multi-tie for a “potentially large fall in the number of independent advisers”.

But the major IFA groups such as Bankhall, Misys and Tenet Group dismiss the claim, saying their networks will hold on to members by offering new services and they will consider setting-up multi-tie divisions.

Misys says it does not exp-ect to lose advisers and will work with the membership to ensure appropriate service offers. Tenet Group, including M&E and Interdependence networks, says it can adapt to what its members require.

Burns-Anderson chief executive Steve Kelland says: “It will mean less choice for consumers and the number of IFAs will shrink. It will cause a mass exodus back to the tied sector.”


Morley fine tunes its themes

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Framlington biotech fund adds Isa link

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Reforms will hit consumer access to financial advice says IFAP

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