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Ian McKenna: Shaking up the mortgage advice market

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

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Convicted fraudster sentenced to extra four years

A convicted fraudster has been sentenced to an additional four years in prison by Westminster Magistrates’ Court after failing to make any payments towards a £364,000 fine, following an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. In April 2012, US national Brian O’Brien was extradited and convicted for his part in a £4m boiler room fraud. […]

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Nick Bamford: The shocking cost of poor provider service

Impartial, independent professional advice is not cheap and one of the often-discussed contributory factors in this cost is that of regulation. The Financial Services Compensation Scheme interim levy bills are a good example of regulatory costs pressures. Adviser firms have little choice but to find a, hopefully, palatable way to pass this on to the […]

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Pensions governance committees ‘retirement homes’ for industry veterans

Consumer champions have branded the new Independent Governance Committees for contract-based schemes “retirement homes for financial services executives, actuaries and investment bankers”. But providers have hit back, claiming the committees provide greater consumer protection than trust-based schemes. The requirement for governance committees to be established for auto-enrolment schemes was introduced following the Office of Fair […]

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