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In Focus - Future Of Independence


Redefinition of the requirements for operating as an independent adviser will place a greater burden on those seeking to adopt or retain the IFA label. As such, there is speculation that this could lead to a diminution of the number of IFAs in favour of the broadly-defined restricted alternative.


Investments| Sep 15, 2014

Morningstar View: The human touch matters

Using external risk-profiling tools to cut costs may pose a threat to clients’ wellbeing.

Your Industry| Apr 24, 2014

Data reveal slow movement to ‘restricted’ advice

Data reveal most advisers have remained independent but business consultancy warns it may be hard to remain profitable.

Your Industry| Apr 10, 2014

FCA reveals when advisers must disclose restricted switch

Clients paying ongoing fees must be told “as soon as possible” if their adviser has become restricted.

Your Industry| Jul 10, 2013

Demand for whole of market advice surging post-RDR

Adviser referral website says firms are fine-tuning their propositions to appeal to appropriate clients.

Your Industry| May 16, 2013

London IFA acquires two client books worth £35m

Fallout from the RDR has provided ample opportunity for acquisitive advice firms, company MD believes.

Regulation| Jan 04, 2013

Advisers back Sifa, Law Society on independence climbdown

Although changes could damage IFA business FSA’s redefinition does not reflect nature of business, advisers argue.

Analysis & Opinion
Vital that Sesame gets strategy back on track

John LappinonRegulation| Nov 10, 2014

Vital that Sesame gets strategy back on track

One might argue that previous management blundered trying to navigate the radical financial adjustment required by the RDR.

We need to do away with quartile rankings

FTAdviser BlogonInvestments| Oct 24, 2014

We need to do away with quartile rankings

The goal of beating the competition is outdated and should be replaced.

Dealing with ‘super clean’ share classes is a tad messy

FTAdviser BlogonInvestments| Sep 02, 2014

Dealing with ‘super clean’ share classes is a tad messy

We live in a competitive environment so if you are happy with your proposition, why impose barriers to exit?

Recent Articles
  1. FTAdviser BlogonInvestments| Aug 19, 2014

    High cost of doing business is crippling the industry

    The cost of running an IFA business has spiralled in the past couple of years.

  2. FTAdviser BlogonInvestments| Jul 29, 2014

    Unnecessary confusion over retirement ‘guidance’

    My concern is that the guidance offered may lead individuals to make decisions that are not suited to their circumstances.

  3. FTAdviser BlogonRegulation| Jul 22, 2014

    Adviser Rant: Making simplified advice restricted is flawed

    If the consumer wants advice, then they should be free to choose who provides this.

  4. onInvestments| Jul 07, 2014

    I’ll give outcome-orientated solutions a chance... for now

    It sounds like yet more marketing fluff, but the principle of assessing funds on the basis of their outcomes is a good one

  5. InterviewfromYour Industry| Dec 13, 2013

    IFA: I’ve lost count of the number of calls from SJP

    Transition to RDR: Biggest stumbling block was providers rather than client fee discussions, adviser argues.

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