If Mr Reid would like to take the trouble to contact me, I will be only too pleased to discuss what strengths a qualified paraplanner can bring to an IFA business and hopefully dismantle his narrowly held views.
Congratulations on your appointment and your first wise decision to put back the next deadline on the retail distribution review so you can have a few weeks to get to grips with a subject that your predecessors have failed to work out these past 27 regulated years. Actually, that is a bit unfair. They did once get to grips with it with a concept called polarisation but they were lobbied into scrapping that with a move called depolarisation, designed to improve bancassurer sales levels. It failed and that is where we are now and it is what Callum McCarthy called “broken”.
Polar Capital has replaced Threadneedle in Skandia’s UK strategic best ideas fund. The move follows the departure of Threadneedle fund manager Paul Findley in July. Polar Capital’s UK equities lead manager Phil Hardy will run its share of Skandia’s 102m fund.