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What advisers are saying: Editor’s comment of the week

Clear MAS signposting might help with the word ‘guidance’

The need for good financial advice at retirement is obvious and the Government and the regulator need to make sure that this is proper regulated advice as laid out in legislation.

If the Money Advice Service is indeed to be re-engineered to include clear signposting to financial advisers then this should be welcomed by the profession. It is however clear that language is the key factor that seemed to irritate many financial advisers.

The debate over advice and guidance and indeed the word free are just some examples of what I mean.

The problem with using the word guidance is it will open up even more of a problem in the execution-only marketplace which in my opinion is already out of control.

Peter Herd



EU to outdo UK on dealing commission

Europe is set to go further than the FCA in banning uses of dealing commission by fund managers. A consultation on the proposed Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II, published by the European Securities and Markets Authority, includes banning the use of dealing commission for any privileged access to research analysts, including face-to-face meet-ings or conference calls. […]


Former L&G workplace pensions boss joins Quai platform

Former Legal & General managing director of workplace pensions Tony Filbin has joined Quai Administration as non-executive director.  He joins the firm having left L&G in November.  Quai provides white-label platform and portfolio management administration, focussing on employee benefit consultants and discretionary fund managers. It launched in 2011 with backing from private equity vehicle Calcus Capital.  […]


Tony Byrne: The gap between financial education and financial planning

My mother recently asked me whether or not she should upgrade her bank account to the Santander 123 account.  I must confess I hadn’t paid much attention to this particular account before as I personally tend to keep as little as possible in current accounts.   But looking at the interest rates and my mother’s circumstances, I […]

A guide to automatic re-enrolment

Since the introduction of auto-enrolment in 2012, it has been a popular topic in the press. Recent media focus has been geared towards small and micro employers; however attention is set to return to the UK’s largest businesses as they prepare for re-enrolment. Johnson Fleming has produced a useful guide that provides essential information to help you […]


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