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Latest News - Elliot Smith

Refund victory for steelworker invested in property scheme

A steelworker who was convinced to invest his life savings into an unregulated German property scheme has had his investment full refunded by the firm.

10 steps the FCA must take to fix register after transfer advice worries

The regulator has gone back to the drawing board after its initial proposal to ditch the register was described as a ‘gift for scammers’. Elliot Smith offers his suggestions.

British Steel: Ex-Active Wealth IFA defends directing clients to claims firm

A former adviser at collapsed IFA Active Wealth has defended letters encouraging clients to claim against the firm via solicitors charging 30% of Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) payouts.

FCA to launch schools engagement programme

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will launch a programme to support year 7 pupils in local secondary schools following its move to Stratford later this year.

Adviser Workshop: How to make your business paperless

There is now more pressure than ever to go green, and businesses are no exception. With this in mind we asked the IFA profession how to achieve completely paperless business.

How nine wealth management firms are entering financial planning

Wealth management firms are entering or growing their financial planning divisions. New Model Adviser® has asked nine firms about their plans for planning.

FCA chief: new rules could tackle phoenix advice firms

New rules could be introduced to curb phoenix advice firms under options the regulator has said it will look at, and has been described by the Financial Conduct Authority's chief executive as 'a live issue'.

Brexit to cost FCA £30 million

Brexit will cost the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) £30 million next year, with firms affected by withdrawal paying £5 million.

British Steel: Steelworkers plan group legal action against IFA

Steelworkers who transferred out of the British Steel Pension Scheme via collapsed IFA Active Wealth are taking the first steps towards legal action.

Skirmish breaks out between IFAs and military society over SJP

The Forces Pension Society (FPS) has defended its role in presentations for service personnel held by St James's Place in a stately home, after IFAs who had served in the military said they were dismayed by the arrangement

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23 Comments Play Webb: I was not reassured after 1825 bought my IFA

Webb: I was not reassured after 1825 bought my IFA

After Standard Life's consolidator arm 1825 bought out his financial adviser, Steve Webb reveals his concerns about restricted advice and product recommendations.

Play Three years of freedoms: 'we had 150 days to reinvent pensions'

Three years of freedoms: 'we had 150 days to reinvent pensions'

In this exclusive video, we take a look at how the retirement industry prepared for the start of the pension freedoms on the 6 April 2015.

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Adviser profile: Stuart Cardozo and Shane Gorman of SWC Independent

Adviser profile: Stuart Cardozo and Shane Gorman of SWC Independent

Stuart Cardozo has tackled recent regulatory changes at SWC Independent by hiring energy sector specialist Shane Gorman and shifting the firm’s focus to advising offshore oil workers