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  • TDQ: Test your knowledge – questions (May 2018 issue)

    26 April 2018

    Professional Paraplanner has teamed up with key training and exam support providers to help you in your training, development and qualifications. Here are this month’s TDQ: Test Your Knowledge questions, published in the May issue of Professional Paraplanner.   These  questions relate to examinable Tax year 17/18, examinable by the CII until 31 August...

  • Key points from the FCA Sector Views 2018 document

    24 April 2018

    The FCA published its 2018 Sector Views with a clear focus on client value, says ATEB Consulting’s Steve Bailey, who picks out key messages relating to Pensions and Investments. The FCA’s 2018 Sector Views has a clearly stated intention to focus on charges and client value and this is entirely consistent with what the FCA have...

  • FAMR failing to close ‘advice gap’

    22 April 2018

    While the majority of advisers support the Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR) measures in theory, there is scepticism around the impact they’re having on the advice gap, according to a new survey by Aegon. The survey by the savings and investment provider found just one in seven (14%) of advisers felt the measures arising...

  • LifeQuote details adviser GDPR policy

    17 April 2018

    LifeQuote has announced its GDPR policy for the time it will hold advisers’ electronic data and physical documents.  The firm said data held will be based on three categories of adviser clients: quotation only but no application, which will be held for one year; application made but no policy completed, which will be held...

  • New paraplanner webinar series from Canada Life to tackle technical and tax issues

    8 April 2018

    Canada Life is launching a series of new webinars specifically designed to answer the most common and difficult questions facing paraplanners.  The company will be running three webinars over the next few weeks via its Paraplanner Academy. These will focus on achieving the right order of gifting, how to get the most from a...

  • Understanding PRIIPS – what this new regulation means for paraplanners

    4 April 2018

    Ulf Herbig, Product Owner at KNEIP looks at what paraplanners need to understand about PRIIPs and the challenges posed by the regulation which came in earlier this year.   The new Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs) regulation has brought into focus, amongst others, the issue of transaction cost calculation. The regulation aims...

  • 5 minutes with… Rory Percival

    3 April 2018

    This issue’s Q&A is with ex-FCA technical specialist, Rory Percival. Rory now runs his own consultancy focussed on professionalism and compliance in the advisory market. We asked him about his views on paraplanners, professionalism, file review and suitability (Rory is a confirmed speaker at our Exeter and Birmingham Technical Insight Seminars – we also...

  • Technical: Compliance with HMRC in SIPP connected tenant rent reviews

    27 March 2018

    John Keenan, corporate development manager, Xafinity SIPP & SSAS looks at the importance of ensuring connected tenant rent reviews are always on a ‘commercial basis’ to ensure compliance with HMRC. Many SIPP & SSAS pension scheme properties have ‘connected party’ tenants, in our portfolio it is just over half, and it is easy for...