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Personal Touch to add car and travel services

Personal Touch Financial Services is offering a car leasing and car purchase service and is to launch a travel service.

Advisers can arrange car leasing for a minimum of 12 months or car purchase on behalf of clients via a portal. They get a flat £200 fee for each deal. Personal Touch Travel Service will launch in the next few weeks and allows advisers to act as travel agents, booking clients’ flights and hotels. The commission can be varied to help the adviser beat other quotes the client may have received, but is 13 per cent on average. On a sale of a £2,000 holiday, an adviser could earn £260.

Group sales director Dev Malle says: “In the short term, these services offer advisers income opportunities while over the long term advisers can build a fuller relationship with clients.”


Discretionary move studied

RSM Bentley Jennison Finan- cial Management is looking at launching a discretionary fund management arm.

Aifa opens online RDR academy

Aifa has launched the first phase of its online business academy, developed with Skandia, to help firms meet RDR requirements. The first phase offers a tool to generate a business action plan.


Out from the long grass? An IT and NI merger

Those with a long memory will recall that at the start of the last parliamentary term George Osborne announced his intention to merge income tax (IT) and national insurance (NI).  Headline grabbing as the initiative was, the reality of the complexities, challenges and costs of such a move resulted in this idea being kicked into the political long grass.


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