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FCA fines advice firm for lying to regulator

Firm spent money on flying lessons and jewelry after hiding assets in bankruptcy The FCA has fined a husband and wife financial advice team £50,000 and banned them after the pair tried to lie to the regulator during an interview. Westwood Independent Financial Planners, fronted by John and Colette Chiesa, went bankrupt in 2011 after the […]

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Former SJP adviser jailed after gambling clients’ money

A former St James’s Place adviser has been jailed after defrauding clients of more than £840,000 over three years. Mark Pickering was discovered to have used client money to place bets at Betfair, which the gambling business discovered after checking its records. Pickering ran up a total of £1.1m gambling losses. Judge James Sampson, of […]

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Interactive Investor acquires Trustnet Direct platform

Interactive Investor has acquired Trustnet Direct’s platform business and announced a number of other deals. The company, who has completed its acquisition of TD Direct Investing earlier this year, was already in a partnership with Trustnet Direct offering it white label services. Other partners, including Telegraph Investor, The Motley Fool and SharePrice, will also transit […]

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Mifid II job vacancies grow fourfold in a year

Asset managers and brokers have been rushing to add Mifid II-related specialists over the past year, research shows. Data compiled by LinkedIn on behalf of the Financial Times, shows that 1,300 Mifid II-related jobs were advertised on the website at the end of October. LinkedIn said the number of Mifid II jobs advertised by asset […]

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Five ways to make your employee focus group session a success

by Debra Corey, group reward director  You just planned and booked what you thought was the perfect vacation for you and your family. You call everyone together to share the great news and instead of receiving sounds of glee and delight, you receive groans and complaints.Your youngest says: “I hate beaches, didn’t you know that?” (You think to […]

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