Adviser Exodus

Major changes to the British financial advice market will fuel an exodus of advisers out of the industry with 42.5% potentially leaving the industry before 2015, new research reveals. This …

Rethinking Conventional Careers Advice

Entrepreneurs are a diverse bunch the world over with an appetite for risk and a single-minded approach being about all this interesting breed of business people have in common. A …

Commission Payments Doomed in The UK?

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the UK is aiming to regulate planner commissions out of existence – but in reality this is going to prove very difficult. This was …

Reckless Conservatism

At times like this, when stock market trading screens turn red, ordinary UK investors are probably grateful they have so much of their wealth held in cash. The average self-invested …

And the Award Goes To

The private client sector of the UK financial services market is very mature – so much so that there is an annual awards ceremony to mark those individuals and companies …

UK Advisers Told To Find A Different State Of Independence

In its latest review of the distribution of retail financial products in the UK, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) as come up with a new definition of independence for financial …

Flash ‘In The Pan’ Gordon?

The long wait for Gordon ‘Gordo’ Brown getting into 10 Downing Street is finally over, but what impact will the new head of Her Majesty’s Government have on pensions and …

UK SIPPs To Grow

There are now more than 200,000 registered SIPP (Self Invested Pension Plans) in the United Kingdom but it appears demand for the product has only just scratched the surface of …

Battle For Client Control, Or Just Good Business?

One of the characteristics of the financial planning industry in the United Kingdom is its variability. The interesting thing about these businesses is not their variability in size, or client …

China – A Hard Nut To Crack

Competing as a financial services company in China, like many other industries, presents both significant risks and opportunities. Opportunities include the fact a small – but significant in absolute terms …

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