In the past month the Personal Finance Society has hosted two of its three conferences exclusively for paraplanners and the third annual Paraplanners Powwow took place under teepees in the Northamptonshire countryside, giving paraplanners a wealth of opportunity to hear from their peers, providers and the FCA. In this issue of Professional Paraplanner we dedicate 7 pages to bring you reports from these events.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
Paraplanner Profile: Jade Connolly of Thomas Miller Investment has built her career from researcher to head of paraplanning. She believes paraplanners have a great opportunity to seize the initiative and pursue the career path they want.
Viewpoint: Should the paraplanning profession introduce a Kitemark-style standard for individual paraplanners?
Paraplanner Pointers: Using VLOOK in Excel as a way to quickly and easily cross-reference data in multiple tables
Property in SIPPS: Insight into commercial property purchase in SIPPs and an example of how the purchase may be carried out in stages
Death benefits: Knowing the new rules around death benefits is important both for tax reasons and legacy planning
Trouble ahead?: We asked two experienced fund managers dealing in China and the fixed income markets for their views of what may lie ahead
Time to ditch the FTSE 100?: Given the relative performance of the FTSE 100 of late should clients now be focussed on the smaller companies sectors?
Comment: When a firm needs to align its business needs with regulatory decisions it should call upon its paraplanners for help with the processes
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Profile: We talk to Rob Ellis, who heads up the implementation team at Equilibrium Asset Management, tasked solely with onboarding new clients
Viewpoint: Last issue’s viewpoint on whether paraplanners participating in client meetings should be CF30 authorised brought in some interesting feedback – so we went out to you with a survey.
The risk triangle: Dan Atkinson outlines how his team looks to balance clients’ three core risk elements
Working culture: Consultant Sally-Anne Rogers talks to three senior paraplanners and the most recent recruit at Greystone Financial Services about their roles and the ethos of the company
Powwow Down South: We report from the most recent Powwow, where topics discussed included getting new people into the profession, report writing and illustrations, and getting clients to read suitability reports
Pensions Technical: Examining how the new money purchase annual allowance, carry forward and pension input periods operate
Due diligence: Some top tips when carrying out due diligence on SIPP providers
SIPPs: Ways to increase tax and investment flexibility by holding property in SIPPs
Comment: To attract new talent into the industry we must be able to define what a paraplanner is, says the IFP’s Sam Rees-Adams
This issue features Nathan Fryer, director of Plan Works, set up the outsourced paraplanning firm in 2014 and now is looking to expand the operation.
Our Viewpoint feature focuses on the debate around whether paraplanners should be CF30 authorised to take part in client meetings.
The demand/supply balance in the paraplanner recruitment market is heavily weighted in favour of demand at present. But when going for a top job you still need to make sure you CV stands out above the rest. We asked a recruiter to give us her tips for making a CV catch a recruiter’s eye.
Paraplanning for ethical investments. Following reader request for an article around paraplanning for ethical and sustainable investments, Dan Atkinson paraplanner at impact investment company EQInvestors talks about his team’s approach.
When it comes to Sub-Saharan Africa investors need to look beyond the headlines to the opportunities, says Alistair Way, investment director, Standard Life Investments
Our Paraplanner Profile and cover star this issue is Hannah Smith, who at the time of interview was a paraplanner at Holden & Partners but was on the cusp of leaving to join Saunderson House. We talked to her about her experiences of different firms, just how differently one firm can work compared to another and, among other things, how she feels paraplanners should be getting the word out about paraplanning and attracting new people into the profession.
In this month’s issue – Paraplanner Profile: Martin Vaughan. Martin is well known for his work on the IFP’s Certificate in Paraplanning and starting outsourced business Paragon Paraplanning. We talk to him about his career, the profession and get his tips on launching an outsourced paraplanning firm.
How to be your own Boss: Continuing the entrepreneurial theme, we provide a further report from the Outsourced Paraplanning Workshop, presented by The Paraplanners, looking at issues such as setting up a business and what to charge.
Paraplanner Pointers: For anyone who calculates ‘what if’ scenarios in Microsoft Excel, this issue’s pointers has a great tip for you.
In this issue’s profile Mandy Kemp, director of paraplanning at Tilney Bestinvest, talks about the challenges presented by managing a team of 20 paraplanners dotted around the country and how she looks to instill best practice in the team.
Cathi Harrison, recently elected board member of the Personal Finance Society, writes for us on what the trade body is looking to deliver for paraplanners over the next year and how the recently formed Paraplanner Practitioner panel fits in.
While Sam Rees-Adams from the IFP writes on how to deal with conflicts of opinion with your adviser/planner.
What you’ll find inside this edition – This issue features the Professional Paraplanner annual Paraplanner Survey. We highlight some of the key areas from this in-depth survey, conducted by Research in Finance, including salary levels, qualifications, how paraplanners spend their working day and platforms due diligence.
For our Paraplanner Profile we go to Northern Ireland to talk to Sean Donald, paraplanner with The TimeBank, who has been working in a paraplanner-type role since 1994.
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