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Profile: ‘The future of advice will be more telephone and web-based’

Interrupting clients who were busy watching Coronation Street or bathing their children prompted Rochester-based adviser Jamie Smith-Thompson to establish a telephone-based advice business. The Portal Financial managing director was working as a self-employed adviser, generating his own prospective clients and trying to arrange face-to-face appointments with them when he had his Eureka moment. “I was […]

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Aegon sees platform inflows triple

Aegon has seen net inflows on its platform triple for the first three months of the year to £968m. Inflows reached £305m in March 2014. Assets under administration stand as £3.8bn as at 31 March, compared to £1.6bn from the same time last year. Aegon says there are now 100,000 investors using its platform, with […]

Lifecycle links the distribution chain

The mortgage advice industry is  now in far better shape than it was just a few years ago but when it comes to innovation I cannot help feeling it is the poor relation compared with the investment advice market. There is far less competition in terms of leading-edge solutions to meet consumers’ needs. While investment […]

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Steve Owen: Transparency is not always simple

The intention of the FCA’s platform charging rules was to make the way investors pay for platforms explicit and more transparent. At the time, the regulator said the new rules were designed to remove fund manager bias and “allow both investors and advisers to compare the costs of investing through different platforms and make an […]

Tax avoidance (the fight goes on)

In recent times, we have witnessed high-profile celebrities and sports stars make the headlines for potential tax liabilities on ‘failed’ tax avoidance schemes. We are now used to reading about these individuals, but what about those who advise on such schemes? Read more

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