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  • Increasing FOS award limit would damage consumers and adviser firms, argues SimplyBiz’s Davy

    8 January 2019

    Ken Davy, chairman of The SimplyBiz Group, says the proposal to increase the Financial Ombudsman Service’s (FOS) compensation limit from £150,000 to £350,000 will bedamaging to consumers and adviser firms. Talking to the SimplyBiz response to the recent FCA consultation paper, Davy said whilst the group acknowledged FOS was a valuable resource for individuals...

  • Compliance – Disclosure issues in DB transfer advice

    6 January 2019

    One of the FCA’s primary areas of focus continues to be DB Transfer advice and in December 2018, the FCA published its latest findings on the poor quality of much of the transfer advice provided to clients [read it here.] What most readers could well have missed was the fleeting mention of disclosure issues that were...

  • TDQ: Test Your Knowledge – Answers

    20 December 2018

    As part of our Training, Development and Qualifications (TDQ) series, Professional Paraplanner has teamed up with key training and exam support providers to help you to, amongst other things, revise for your qualifications. Below you will find also the cross-references for the 10 questions in this month’s TDQ: Test Your Knowledge, which we posed...

  • TDQ: Test Your Knowledge – Questions

    20 December 2018

    For Professional Paraplanner’s TDQ (Training, Development and Qualifications) series, we have teamed up with key support providers, such as Brand Financial Training, to provide our readers with the very best in training, development and exam support. This series aims to provide you with valuable advice and guidance materials to help you achieve your training...

  • 50 Not Out – January Issue of Professional Paraplanner OUT NOW

    19 December 2018

    This issue we celebrate our 50th edition of the Professional Paraplanner magazine!! Thank you to all our readers, supporters and the team behind the scenes that have worked so hard. Paraplanner profile The paraplanner we profile for this issue is Jade Mountford, chartered paraplanner with Mazars Financial Planning. She scooped the PFS Paraplanner of...

  • What will 2019 hold for the financial advice industry?

    18 December 2018

    Dynamic Planner CEO Ben Goss sets out below what he believes the next 12 months has in store for the advice industry. Advisers won’t need a crystal ball to know that 2019 is likely to start in a more challenging place for them and for their clients than 2018 did, but the advice industry earns...

  • MiFID II – Aggregated costs and charges

    17 December 2018

    Steve Bailey, director at compliance consultancy ATEB, provides guidance on how to deal with the new requirements for reporting aggregated costs and charges necessary under MiFID II.   MiFID II came into effect on 3 January 2018 and placed several new and enhanced requirements on firms. One of the key areas of change was the requirement for firms to...

  • Royal London flags drawdown impact of 10% market fall

    9 December 2018

    Royal London has highlighted the impact for clients using drawdown, warning they must ensure they take a sustainable level of income to maintain a resilient portfolio during periods of investment volatility, or risk running out of funds.  The mutual insurer said that if a person with £100,000 invested over a 25-year term took an...