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Skandia to host adviser roadshows

Skandia is hosting a series of free events through September to help advisers build long term value in their business.

The Trailblazer tour is also designed to help advisers prepare for regulatory changes going forward.

The nine-date tour kicks off on September 14, covering topics such as the economic drivers of change, embedding long-term value in financial advice businesses and positioning financial advice businesses for the future.

Skandia sales director Dave Chessell says: “We know how precious advisers’ time is so we work to make sure the programme provides useful and insightful information to advisers looking to get the most from their businesses.”


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Accrual twist

When Stewart Ritchie retired from Aegon a year ago, I asked him to write a farewell column on what he felt was the most pressing issue facing pensions. He chose the rising cost of public sector pensions as his subject matter and made a strong case as to why this was a problem in need of drastic action. But he also concluded that, with so many people set to benefit from public sector pensions, the chances of radical change to address the issues were slim.


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