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Industry reacts to Middle East clampdown on commissions

Industry reacts to Middle East clampdown on commissions...

Leading figures from the financial services industry in the Middle East give their views on the proposed cap on commission and the prospect of commission disclosure coming to the region.

Published : 1, Dec 2016
UK launches financial adviser apprenticeship scheme

UK launches financial adviser apprenticeship scheme...

The British government has approved a new specialist financial adviser apprenticeship standard and will offer employers up to £9,600 ($11,979, €11,270) in financial help toward the training of a competent adviser.

Published : 1, Dec 2016
Australia passes law to slash upfront life commissions

Australia passes law to slash upfront life commissions...

The Australian government has passed a law that will significantly reduce the upfront commissions paid on life insurance products and cap ongoing charges.

Published : 1, Dec 2016
South African IFA firm to expand adviser training school

South African IFA firm to expand adviser training...

Cape Town-headquartered IFA firm Carrick Wealth is expanding its flagship Invictus programme, a training academy launched earlier this year aimed at the company’s would-be advisers.

Published : 30, Nov 2016
Three financial adviser initiatives: Holborn Assets

Three financial adviser initiatives: Holborn Assets...

In the latest of our series of insights from financial advisers across the world, Keren Bobker, senior partner of Dubai-based Holborn Assets sets out three initiatives she is taking to build the business along best practice lines.

Published : 30, Nov 2016
Smaller firms likely to bear the brunt of HK fee disclosure

Smaller firms likely to bear the brunt of HK fee...

Hong Kong's enhanced fee disclosure proposals should not have a big impact on banks and fund houses, but may impact smaller intermediaries, according to industry players.

Published : 29, Nov 2016
Barclays launches online investment service

Barclays launches online investment service

British bank Barclays has launched an online investment service in an effort to help plug the savings and advice gap.

Published : 28, Nov 2016
Nearly 40% of Britons looking at a career in financial advice

Nearly 40% of Britons looking at a career in financial...

Almost two fifths (38%) of British workers are interested in a career that enables them to give people advice on their investments and finances, according to new research by St. James’s Place Academy.

Published : 28, Nov 2016
Professional development mandatory for all members: CISI

Professional development mandatory for all members:...

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments (CISI) is introducing mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) for its global membership.

Published : 25, Nov 2016
Muted response to FCA plans on shopping around for annuities

Muted response to FCA plans on shopping around...

Proposals from the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) that would require annuity providers to tell customers what they could gain by shopping around and switching have been met with muted enthusiasm.

Published : 25, Nov 2016
OMI launches ‘better products’ drive for international advisers

OMI launches ‘better products’ drive for international...

Old Mutual International (OMI) has launched a new initiative to provide international advisers and clients with access to structured products which must meet set criteria on transparency, simplicity and value, the Anglo-South African insurer said in a statement.

Published : 24, Nov 2016
Hong Kong regulator pushes for fee transparency

Hong Kong regulator pushes for fee transparency...

Fund distributors in Hong Kong will have to disclose any monetary benefits they receive prior to, or at the point, of sale, under new proposals from the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC).

Published : 24, Nov 2016
International Adviser Best Practice Adviser Awards 2016 results - Middle East

International Adviser Best Practice Adviser Awards...

The final set of winners to be revealed in International Adviser’s Best Practice Adviser Awards 2016 series for the Middle East region were announced on Wednesday afternoon at the Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai after the Future Advisory Forum.

Published : 23, Nov 2016
Old Mutual Wealth and CII launch adviser academy

Old Mutual Wealth and CII launch adviser academy...

Old Mutual Wealth has partnered with the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) to launch an Investment Academy, designed to help advisers meet new CII criteria.

Published : 22, Nov 2016
Game-changing UAE insurance regulation: what does it mean?

Game-changing UAE insurance regulation: what does...

Life and investment product providers, fund managers, and intermediaries need to swiftly absorb what the potentially game-changing regulation for the UAE's life insurance industry means for their business and be ready to provide their feedback before the 30 November cut-off date, say Tom Bicknell, Wayne Jones, and Peter Hodgins of international law firm Clyde & Co.

Published : 22, Nov 2016
Mifid II time consuming and complex, say asset managers

Mifid II time consuming and complex, say asset...

Mifid II is a big concern for around three-quarters of global asset managers, who think regulators need to provide better guidance and tools to navigate the increasingly complex landscape, according to State Street Corporation.

Published : 21, Nov 2016
Asia a key market for UK insurance sector growth, says ABI

Asia a key market for UK insurance sector growth,...

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has identified eight countries as priority markets for the expansion of the UK’s insurance and long-term savings markets, all of which are located in Asia.

Published : 21, Nov 2016
Meet the Warringtons part 4: death, taxes, and inheritance

Meet the Warringtons part 4: death, taxes, and...

The fictional Warrington family is forced to deal with dividing the estate of patriarch Eric, inheritance tax, and an unexpected claim against the estate in the latest case study from Edward Stone, partner at Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth.

Published : 21, Nov 2016
ANALYSIS: FCA report puts closet trackers on notice

ANALYSIS: FCA report puts closet trackers on notice...

Unsurprisingly, most of the responses hitting the inboxes of industry journalists through the course of an otherwise quiet Friday began with “welcoming” messages to the FCA interim report on the asset management industry.

Published : 18, Nov 2016
Offshore firms hit worst by increased compliance demands

Offshore firms hit worst by increased compliance...

Compliance requirements are a greater burden offshore, driving up client charges and forcing some firms to turn away business, research from Step has found.

Published : 17, Nov 2016

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