When Openwork chief executive Mark Duckworth speaks about the drop in adviser numbers since the late 1980s the figures sound astonishing: 285,000 advisers serving a UK population of 50 million in 1989, compared with 23,000 advisers available for 64 million people today. Put another way, there are currently around 200,000 consumers for every adviser when, […]
Chartered firm Attivo will require all of its advisers and paraplanners to be qualified to level 6 by the end of 2016. The financial planning and investment management group is launching a training academy and will require all client-facing staff to do at least 70 hours of continuing professional development each year. Attivo currently has […]
Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index has edged past the 20,000 barrier in early trading for the first time since April 2000. The BBC reports the index hit 20,004.99 before falling to 19,907.63 at the close. Markets were buoyed by US energy stocks and a strong performance by Fast Retailing, Asia’s largest clothing retailer. Earlier this […]
The idea of “insistent clients” conjures up the notion that long-standing clients will somehow morph into unruly teenagers who won’t do what they are told. Clearly that is not the case. But neither are advisers jumping the gun here. Advisers are right to be agitated about the lack of clear regulatory guidance about how to […]
Lucy Macdonald, portfolio manager, The Brunner Investment Trust PLC, discusses the aims and objectives of the trust and how recent political uncertainty has impacted her investment decisions. Lucy also discusses current investment themes, with a spotlight on internet businesses, and explains why investors should consider Brunner.
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