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David Shelton’s business tips: Making communications consistent

Most communications activity comes with a cost and it is important to achieve the best impact. In addition to well targeted content that is relevant to the recipient it is also essential to achieve consistency. You can use these high level questions to help identify if you have any gaps and opportunities for improvement. If […]

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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 […]

Lenders in talks with tech providers on individual broker validation

Lenders are in talks with technology providers to develop a solution where they can evaluate brokers on an individual basis. Presently, lenders have information at a firm level but sources say a group of lenders has started talks to find a way of validating individual brokers. It is thought the lenders, the identities of which are […]

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EU changes to KFI will spark consumer confusion

European changes to the Key Facts Illustration document will create “confusion” among borrowers and could prevent them from comparing deals from different lenders, say experts. The mortgage credit directive comes into force on 21 March 2016 and replaces the KFI in the UK with a new European standardised information sheet. The FCA has given lenders […]

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Alternative assets: what are they and why invest in them?

Michael Howard, Head of Alternative Investments at Prudential Portfolio Management Group (PPMG), analyses how alternative assets can benefit multi-asset portfolios. As yields have compressed and forward-looking return expectations have fallen in the past few years, investors have sought alternatives to traditional asset classes to supplement their income and boost their total return. Please remember that […]

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