Tag Archives: financial advice

Cost and value of advice in Port Talbot


Al Rush and I drove down to Wales yesterday and spent a day in the Taibach Rugby club at the invitation of the moderators of the BSPS Facebook groups. Good chatting with steelworkers in Taibach. Met up with a schoolmate … Continue reading

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Do you want to advise BSPS members in their “time to choose”?


This blog is for financial advisers, though anyone, including BSPS members, may find it useful. Financial advisers are urgently required by these members who are in their “time to choose”. There are two self-help groups for BSPS members. One is for all … Continue reading

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Fund managers -Norma Cohen is still watching!


  The great British financial journalist Norma Cohen rarely publishes in the FT these days, when she does, it is to great effect. This week she published a quiet and thoughtful piece on the impact MIFID II is having on … Continue reading

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This market failure’s not about advice but product.


  The FCA paper on structural problems with the pension freedoms that I wrote about yesterday, is the first evidence of Government admitting all in this garden is not rosy. What has happened since 2015 is an increase in people hammering … Continue reading

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Should we be wary of cheap financial advice?


Robert Reid is a very professional IFA and  someone I like a lot. He represents IFAs and stands up for their interests in Money Marketing. His latest article argues that “cheap advice” especially cheap advice on pension transfers, is wrong. … Continue reading

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My biggest financial decision was made with professional advice.


The most important single financial decision facing the baby-boomers of middle England today is what to do with their defined benefit pension rights. It is – alas – a binary decision as few schemes offering split transfer values; the choice is “should I stay … Continue reading

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Financial advice, master or menace?


Which came first, the need or the greed? Old Mutual Wealth (a company that owns one of Britain’s largest financial advice networks and is build a tied network) has commissioned a survey that tells us 90% of those between 30 … Continue reading

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What price advice?


The principal purpose of the Financial Advice Market Review carried out by the FCA and sponsored by Harriet Baldwin (Chief Economic Secretary to the Treasury) is to broaden the availability of advice to ordinary people. Critical to the purchasing of … Continue reading

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Sorting the sheep from the goats


  On Wednesday March 9th, the Work and Pensions Committee met to discuss auto-enrolment. This blog  looks at this conversation in some detail. It concludes that there is an urgent need for Government to clarify what liability there is on an employer … Continue reading

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Helping employers with pensions – you don’t have to be an IFA!


Since RDR in January 2013, the number of IFAs operating in Britain has more than halved from 50 to 24,000. The ban on commission or its sibling “consultancy charging” has made it all but impossible for IFAs to make money … Continue reading

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