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Topical analysis for IFAs on net

Scottish Mutual is launching an analysis and comment service on its website which will discuss topical issues facing the financial services industry.

Called Gray Matter, the service is written and regularly updated by Scot Mut&#39s pensions and investments development director Leslie Gray. He examines consultation papers from Government departments and the regulators as the main source of material and aims to present material to IFAs in an easily accessible way.

The service goes live this month with issues to be addressed in the near future including the FSA&#39s paper on the discretion and fairness in with-profits and the Department for Work and Pensions and Inland Revenue consultation on modernising annuities.

Gray says: “There is no doubt that the regulators are turning up the heat on the industry as a whole and IFAs in particular. In the last few months we have seen proposals for some of the most sweeping changes ever to the way IFAs conduct their business.

“It is within this climate of uncertainty and rapid change that we decided we needed to provide information and support to our distribution channel to help them to keep up to date with the proposed changes and to provide an objective comment and analysis of the issues.”

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