I write in response to another letter, this time from David Kass in last week’s Money Marketing criticising Brocha Simon’s commendable desire to complete the IFS’s Cefa and Cemap at the age of 16.
Clearly, this has touched a raw nerve in certain quarters.
Could it be that if Brocha can pass these exams without any practical experience, what does it say about her critics who I suspect who have yet to pass the diploma or achieve chartered status, the normal prerequisite entry for any normal profession
Mr Kass chastises me for criticising my colleagues but he fails to realise that his opinions only encour-ages the regulator to tar all practitioners in the financial services community with the same brush
He comments: “The sheer pressure and daily grind of trying to make a living is virtually a superhuman task on its own.”
This would infer that he is excusing himself from further study and like-minded charitable deeds.
Notwithstanding, he has time to write to the press. Is the life of those 1,000-plus practitioners who have already achieved chartered status any less arduous? And therefore I would be reluctant to suggest to Mr Kass a course of study in time management or a change of career.
On a personal note, I would like to thank both The IFS for allowing Brocha to sit their examinations and latterly Ascentric, who will be awarding Brocha a small prize upon passing the said examinations as well offering practical work experience.
Perhaps Mr Kass, instead of criticising the good deeds of others, could put something back into the community and join with me in nominating Brocha Simon as Young IFA of the Year.
BA (Hons) FCIB ACII APFS Chartered Financial Planner, New Barnet, Hertfordshire