March 2019


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  • FCA raises costs and disclosures ‘concerns’ following MiFID II review

    1 March 2019

    The Regulator has published its findings following supervisory work where it looked at the costs and charges disclosures ex-ante of 50 firms authorised as MiFID investment firms. The findings raised “some concerns with the way that firms were carrying out these responsibilities”, the regulator said. The FCA review can be found here: The...

  • 10 stories most read by paraplanners this year

    28 February 2019

    Below we list 10 of the stories most read by paraplanners on the Professional Paraplanner website over the past month. If you’re not already signed up to receive our insightful technical, regulatory and industry content into your inbox, sign up for our daily email alert HERE. And if you know any paraplanners who would...

  • March Issue OUT NOW

    27 February 2019

    In March’s jam-packed issue we have 10 articles for you plus your usual favourites. Click here to view! Our Paraplanner Profile maps the paraplanning career of Grant Callaghan, who was Para-Sols’ first graduate recruit and is now the firm’s head of paraplanning. Rob Kingsbury spoke to him about his views on paraplanning and his...

  • Bonds – an asset class that ‘masks a lot of danger’

    21 February 2019

    Seven Investment Management (7IM) is warning investors that the chance of a bond catastrophe remains worryingly high, particularly to cautious investors, as interest rate rises are set to continue.  The Investment Management team at 7IM said it has protected portfolios through holding fewer bonds in recent years as they would rather give up the...

  • Recession on the cards, warns Schroders’ economist

    13 February 2019

    Schroders’ senior European economist, Azad Zangana is warning that weak UK growth figures point to risk of recession this year Growth in the UK economy slowed sharply in the final quarter of 2018 as Brexit uncertainty weighed on business investment. Real GDP growth fell from 0.6% in Q3 to just 0.2% in Q4, lower...

  • New fund management due diligence service launched

    11 February 2019

    A new discretionary fund management due diligence service has been launched to help adviser firms cut down the time they spend on researching investment services.  The DD|hub, which is free to use, provides adviser firms with instant online access to due diligence responses from DFMs, cutting out the delays and inefficiencies of traditional questionnaires....

  • Need to demonstrate investment pathways for pension drawdown in suitability reports

    10 February 2019

    Thesis Asset Management has flagged the FCA’s focus on pension drawdown investment pathways and warned that too many investment solutions used in accumulation are routinely being used in the decumulation phase.  Following the FCA’s recently published CP19/5 Consultation Paper on Retirement Outcomes Review, Thesis Asset Management has welcomed the idea of ‘investment pathways’ as...

  • 7 reasons to invest in China – for the long term

    10 February 2019

    David Coombs, manager of the Rathbone Multi-Asset Portfolio funds argues that investors’ views on China are behind the times. Here he gives 7 reasons clients should consider investing in this global GDP powerhouse. 1. Recent data on China and the ongoing trade war have brought out the bears but whilst current negative sentiment may hang...