Greengrocers have often been pulled up for inappropriate use of the
apostrophe when advertising their banana's or artichoke's. The Diary must
now add Ron Sandler, the man commissioned by the Treasury to conduct a
review into retail financial services, to the list of grammatical offenders.
In the seven references to IFAs in Sandler's consultation paper published
last week, an apostrophe was erroneously inserted each time. This would
make sense if it was referring to an IFA's alleged commission-based
relationship with providers, an IFA's alleged lack of understanding of
investment issues or even an IFA's alleged over-reliance on past
Unfortunately, it was referring to the IFA community as a collective body.
As such, the Diary, which has always been known for its grammatical
excellence, must take this opportunity to point out the mistake.
It may be slightly worrying for our readers that this is the man
single-handedly responsible for IFAs' future. That's IFAs' future, not