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Commission remains by far and away the biggest form of adviser remuneration in the market. Figures from True Potential in a survey of 5,000 advisers suggest that a whopping 79 per cent of pension and investment business is through upfront commission.

We urge the FSA to make sure that when it fleshes out the details of what it wants in the next few weeks, it also has an understanding of what the market is like on the ground. But we also urge advisers to concentrate their minds and at the very least consider changing model before lots of the decisions about how they must run their businesses are taken out of their hands.


MI business

There is a cold regulatory wind blowing through financial services from Canary Wharf.

Bedlam old boys focus on European Luxellence

Former Bedlam Asset Management fund managers Julian Pendock and Matt Jones have brought out the first fund under their new venture, Senhouse Capital.

EIS plus into the power of music

The Power Amp Music EIS fund is an enterprise investment scheme fund aiming to raise £10m to develop, produce and promote a portfolio of 20-30 music artists.

Claws for thought

Has the Treasury finally removed its fingers from all the pies on the Government’s table with last week’s Budget?Alistair Darling’s speech was less chief executive, UK plc, more bank manager. The Chancellor had little room for manoeuvre bound by the deteriorating economic situation and public finances Northern Rock and all.

The death of retirement – a boost for protection?

According to our recent report on the death of retirement, changes in workplace pension provision mean that coming generations of retirees could have a radically different experience of retirement from their parents. The average contribution rate into an old-style final salary pension was around 20% of total wages, the statutory minimum for a new automatic […]


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