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  • July 2016


    In this issue:


    In this issue’s Paraplanner profile Benjamin Fabi, paraplanner with Jones-Sheridan, reveals his chequered job history, including wotking for the Financial Ombudsman Service.


    We report on the Professional Paraplanner Technical Insight Seminar

    As well as the regulator’s view of research and due diligence and the insights and tips given by FCA lead associate Chris Hewitt in his speech at the CISI conference

    We talk to Kimberley George about her newly launched outsourced paraplaning service, Integrated Paraplanning Solutions

    Dan Atkinson ponders data visualisation and data mining

    And we report on discussions sat the latest Powwow Down South

    Bookings are now being taken for the Professional Paraplanner Technical Insight Seminars in Manchester on 5 October and Bristol on 9 November. Register here


  • June 2016


    In this issue of Professional Paraplanner

    Paraplanner profile

    We profile Christina Melling, who moved home, leaving behind a legal job and her family to become a trainee paraplanner with Clarion Wealth Planning. Rob Kingsbury talked to her about her decision, what her role entails and her ambitions

    Pensions Dashboard

    Pensions Dashboard could give clients access to pension valuations at the touch of a button. George Osborne wants to see it implemented in 2019. Paul Pettitt of Origo explains what is involved in establishing a working dashboard by that deadline

    Why CISI?

    We speak to Campbell Edgar, newly appointed head of Financial Planning for the CISI, about the professional body’s support for paraplanners including launch of the Paraplanner Interest Group

    Due Diligence

    Does your CIP and platform research and due diligence stack up? A look at the issues and practicalities arising post the FCA’s FG12-16 and more recent TR16/1 papers

    Also in this issue:

    Structured products – why UK providers are ahead of the regulatory curve

    Your questions answered – responses to paraplanners technical questions

    Parameters survey on cashflow modelling

    From credit crunch to income crunch

    The benefits of a blended investment solution


  • May 2016



    Paraplanner Profile

    We profile Kim Bendall, director of The Paraplanners, who talks about her baptism of fire as with no experience of running a business she had unexpectedly to take the helm of the firm. We also talk about making the transition from being a full-time paraplanner to also being a director of the company.

    Conference report

    We report from the first of the Personal Finance Society’s Purely Paraplanning conferences, which was held in London, focusing on the paraplanner panel sessions, when three volunteers answered questions from their paraplanner peers.

    Also in this issue:

    Spreading the word about paraplanning at a local school’s careers fair.

    JP Morgan’s Stephanie Flanders provides an economic viewpoint on the risk and reward trade off, while Standard Life’s head of Global Strategy Andrew Milligan looks at the global picture and assesses how investors should position to cope with the current environment.

    FE analyst Thomas McMahon conducts a data analysis on just how much active fund managers improve the skewness of returns.

    We hear about how robotics is developing from a thematic story to a global growth megatrend.

    And the CISI’s Sam Rees-Adams considers the benefits we can all gain from experiencing influences outside of our day-to-day roles.


  • April 2016


    Spring is here and so is the April issue of Professional Paraplanner.

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    Paraplanner profile: Cathi Harrison

    In 2009, having sold her car to give herself three-months money in the bank to pay bills, Cathi Harrison started work as a freelance paraplanner. Since then, she has built Para-Sols into a sought-after outsourced paraplanning firm with offices in Darlington and Leeds and 13 staff.  We talk to her about her business journey.

    Paraplanning Standard

    Do you agree there should be a paraplanning standard, to help define what a paraplanner really looks like? We report from the debates recently held around the country.

    Platform due diligence

    You’ll want to read our 4-page feature in which we talked to seven platform providers about what paraplanners should ask of their platforms over and above the usual questions.


    A return of the popular series from FE outlining useful tips when using FE Analytics.

    Active management

    Smart Beta has been the new catch phrase used by supporters of passive investment strategies but what about ‘Smart Alpha’ and is it worth paying the extra for?

    PLUS: Comment from Dan Atkinson and the CISI’s Sam Rees-Adams; Paraplanner Pointers; biotechnology as a megatrend; Para-meters.

    Technical Insight Seminars

    We are pleased to announce that Rory Percival will be a keynote speaker at the first of the Professional Paraplanner Technical Insight Seminars 2016, to be held in London on 8 June 2016.

    We’ll also be hosting Seminars in Bristol and Manchester later in the year.

    For more information on the Seminars click here.


    To register your interest in attending one of the Seminars click here.



  • March 2016


    Welcome to your March issue of Professional Paraplanner.

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    There has been rapidly growing recognition amongst advisory firms of the   value that paraplanners can bring to their business. But that value goes beyond simply carrying out paraplanning duties. Often these days paraplanners can get more involved in the business itself, using their experience and analytical abilities to help the company develop and grow.

    This issue we profile Warren Bentham, head of paraplanning at financial planning firm 75point3, who in wanting a role that is “as varied as possible”, is the epitome of a paraplanner who adds value to the advisory business.

    With the Howwow debates on whether paraplanning needs an official national Paraplanning Standard now announced to take place between 4 and 17 March (see Events on the Professional Paraplanner website and this issue’s editorial) our Para-meters survey this issue takes a preliminary look at the issues, testing the water in advance of the debates.

    The results of the debates could change paraplanning in the UK and we urge all paraplanners to get involved. There are three events taking place around the country and one virtual event on 17 March.

    Also this issue:

    Paraplanner Pointers

    One paraplanner offers practical solutions when dealing with work overload


    Top pointers for paraplanners tasked with conducting due diligence into SIPP providers

    Fund manager interview

    Rob Kingsbury talks to Solomon Nevins, manager of the Architas Diversified Real Assets Fund

    Cashflow modeling

    A Voyant Masterclass on Pension Freedoms and asset liquidation in relation to IHT


    Discovering the detail on how cash is managed on platform


    Understanding dividend tax and how it affects the balance between equity funds and investment bonds

    Retirement income

    Can buying an annuity-plus-drawdown packaged product beat buying the elements separately?

    …and philosophy – and how it might apply to paraplanning – see Comment page 32.


    Rob Kingsbury


    Professional Paraplanner


  • Feb 2016


    Welcome to your February issue of Professional Paraplanner, packed with great articles to help you in your day-to-day role as a paraplanner.

    Will 2016 be a seminal year for paraplanning?

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    2016 should be a full and interesting year for paraplanning. Not only do we have increasing interest in paraplanning among the professional bodies but from under the Powwow teepees we are seeing the roll-out of the Howwows and the Big Tent. All of which should translate into more resources and events specifically for the benefit of the paraplanning community.

    Paraplanners should also look to get involved in the debates around the Paraplanning Standard. Should there be one and if so, what form should it take and who will maintain, monitor and police it?

    For more on what we can look forward to in 2016 read Rob Kingsbury’s editorial and comment from your fellow paraplanners in The Year Ahead on pages 16-17.

    Alan Gow is our profile this issue (pages 9-11), talking frankly about the challenges in setting up an outsourced paraplanning company and his company’s approach to suitability report writing.

    Dan Atkinson tackles the latter subject also, in his article ‘Wisdom is not Waffle’, offering four tips on writing reports clients will read.

    Also this issue we have an extended article from Canada Life’s Sam Newton in which he tackles the topical issues of the new PIP and tapering rules, including some insightful case studies.

    PLUS Pointers, Para-meters, viewpoint and a range of articles covering fixed income, structured products, DFM due diligence and why you need 360 degree CPD.


  • Dec 2015


    Welcome to your December issue of Professional Paraplanner.

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    Among the articles we have for you this month are:

    Rising to the challenge

    For this issue’s paraplanner profile we talk to Helen Parker, winner of the PFS Paraplanner of the Year award 2015, about her 25 years in financial services, her role as senior paraplanner with Clay Rogers & Partners and paraplanning as a profession

    Paraplanner pointers

    We report from Michelle Hoskin’s recent WOW! Workshop, in which Michelle provided key pointers for helping a business to not just give its clients a great service but to Wow them

    IHT and pensions transfers

    Mike Morrison of AJ Bell warns of the potential pitfalls of recommending pensions transfers without first checking on the client’s health

    Changing risk attitudes

    Post Pension Freedoms a client is likely to have at least three different attitudes to risk in relation to their retirement

    Retirement Income Solutions

    How do paraplanners go about offering clients a solution for retirement income that includes what clients really want – flexibility with guarantees

    SSAS in pension planning

    The advantages a SSAS can bring that could mean a better experience and retirement for certain clients

    So what is smart beta?

    Striking an optimal balance between added value and lower costs smart beta investments are growing in popularity

    24 carat advice

    How clients may invest in gold bullion within a SIPP or a SSAS


  • Nov 2015


    Welcome to your November issue of Professional Paraplanner.

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    This month articles include:

    IFP Paraplanner of the Year

    For this issue’s Paraplanner profile we talk to the winner of the IFP Paraplanner of the Year 2015, Adam Wareing. Adam is head of paraplanning at Cheshire-based Clarion Wealth Planning and he tells us about his passion for paraplanning and how he moved roles from financial adviser to financial planner and into the role that he feels really suits his talents, paraplanner.

    Cross-Continent Paraplanning

    Outsourced paraplanner Kate Banham recently upped sticks and emigrated to Canada but she’s continuing to serve her UK clients. We talked to her about the practicalities of running a business 8 hours behind the UK

    The best experience

    Dan Atkinson (last year’s IFP Paraplanner of the Year) writes for us about how he is making the insurance underwriting process more client-friendly

    Death benefits and IHT Planning

    In the second part of his article on death benefits, Sam Newton examines the advantages and potential risks of setting up trusts to hold pension funds

    Due diligence on platforms

    A look at seven key areas to examine when assessing the right platforms for your clients. It’s no surprise that commitment to the market is among them.

    Structured products

    Black swan events may be few and far between but clients need protecting against them. This article looks at the extent to which structured products can serve that purpose.