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Should IFAs be automatically turned down if they apply for the job of Aifa director-general?”No. I think it is disgusting behaviour. It is bad enough that we have to deal with whatever the regulator throws at us without our own trade organisation sticking the boot in as well.”

David Pantry, Shiregem Asset Management”No. If anything, IFAs have a very good insight and are eminently suitable. The argument from people that an IFA director-general would be biased is a bit narrow-minded.”

Paul Stedman, Paul Stedman Financial Planning”No. The job should be open for anyone to apply to. It should be based on ability and experience.”

Derek Jamieson, Independent Finance Consultants”No. That is the trouble with most things, they all seem to think they know better.”

Christopher Norris, Sterling Financial Associates”No. The title IFA stands for independent financial adviser and they should be trusted to be unbiased.”

Colin Green, Colin Green Financial Services”No. To be perfectly honest, it should be open to everyone otherwise it is a case of discrimination. An IFA could bring a bit of empathy to the job.”

Greg Starkey, JSF Financial Services”No. I think it is incumbent on those selecting the candidate to judge if their integrity and character are of a suitable standard. An IFA would have an inside understanding of what we are up against. I do not think that an IFA, given the post, should continue to practice as an IFA though.”

Bryan Rose, Bryan Rose IFAno 100%


Preparation is key for depolarisation

I would like to respond to Friends Provident managing director Ben Gunn’s belief that depolarisation is going to “pose a big challenge for the market”(MM, November 4).There is no doubt in my mind that preparation is the key to understanding the changes in legislation and regulation, consumer behaviour and the market.Ironically, I think depolarisation will […]

Depolarisation may force some advisers out of market – FSA

The FSA says depolarisation may force some advisers out of the market.It says to the extent that the menu exerts some downward pressure on commissions, it is possible that some advisers will exit the market.But it doubts depolarisation will be a significant driver of market exits, saying that any advisers that do exit are likely […]

Roderic Rennison

Thinc’s new strategic relationships director credits his six months as a door-to-door insurance salesman with giving him confidence and an ability to engage with people.

Artemis Global Income: favouring Europe over the US

With a 10 per cent return from his Global Income Fund in the first three months of 2015, Jacob de Tusch-Lec talks to journalist Alexis Xydias about the drivers and why he favours Europe and Asia over the US. Jacob believes European companies remain cheap and is still finding opportunities amid value stocks – in contrast […]


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