The secret to getting people to spend more time on your website

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The secret to getting people to spend more time on your website Video may not have done much for the radio star, but if done right, it can do wonders for your website. In fact, a relevant, well produced video can encourage your audience to stay on a page an average of 2.6 times longer....

The greatest danger to IFAs is our reproductive impotence

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In the last six months, “robo advice” has become a genuine contender in the personal investing landscape. But lurking in the shadows is a much bigger threat to IFAs’ future…..and that’s our collective failure to reproduce. I’ve been monitoring the robo advice space for nearly eight years now. Until now, it was hype, theory and...

Awards: Worth entering or a costly waste of time?

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With awards season firmly upon us, there seems to be a black-tie event at every turn and emails aplenty inviting entries to the latest ‘must win’ award. All this begs the question… Are awards worth entering? There seem to be two schools of thought: That entering awards should be an important part of your marketing...

How has the FCA reacted to the increase in final salary transfers?

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Probably the most significant trend over the last year has been the dramatic increase in final salary transfers. So, it is no surprise that the FCA has published proposals to make a variety of changes to the advice process. These form part of a consultation running until 21 September, in which the FCA also ask...

How the election result could affect the pension and savings world

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Sense: “Could you write us a quick article on how the election result could affect the pension and savings world?” No problem I said expecting a clear result and the easy job of linking possible future policy back to the manifesto promises. But things are never that easy! As I write, it is clear there...

Putting the brakes on pension contributions

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Over the last 12 years (since A-day) there has only been one tax year – 2013/14 – where there haven’t been changes to the tax rules on pensions. Every other year, the amount individuals can put in and/or take out of pensions to get tax relief advantages have changed. For the first half of this...

LTA check at 75 likely to have bigger impact on clients

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The number of people still in drawdown at age 75 has historically been fairly low. Before the pension freedoms the majority of retirees bought an annuity. And few of those who did choose drawdown encountered any issues with the lifetime allowance given the sizeable lifetime allowances we have seen over the last decade, and the...

Happy birthday to the pension freedoms!

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As we enter spring and reach the second birthday of the pension freedoms we can expect a proliferation of stories and analysis on the first two years and how people think it’s all gone. We had some up-to-date figures from HMRC at the end of January and another version from the FCA at the beginning...

We need some new kids on the block

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Over the past few months I’ve been thinking about the future; not mine I hasten to add, but that of our profession. It’s clear we need the next generation to come through, yet I’m concerned it’s not happening as fast as it should. Worse, there are some signs its actually getting harder to forge a...

Why do so many advisers hide their Chartered status?

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If things don’t change soon my full head of hair will soon be no more. Not, because of impending middle age, my father still has a full head of hair well into his 60s. But because every time I see a financial planner fail to promote their Chartered status, I pull out a handful in...