Here are five stories clients may have read in the weekend's papers...
Savvy IFAs looking to offload their businesses in the New Year are building up their profits to entice buyers rather than relying on selling on a recurring trail basis, according to a consultancy that deals in adviser merger and acquisitions.
The survival of commission and lax regulation are fuelling a "significant shift" to non-advice in the mass market for annuities, at the expense of professional advice, transparency and healthy consumer outcomes, according to the Financial Services Consumer Panel (FSCP).
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MPs have refused to grant the regulator the power to ban individuals before its investigations into them are completed, due in part to the "serious harm" it could cause small firms.
Almost half of financial advisers have turned away clients this year because they felt their services were too expensive for them, according to research commissioned by the Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA).
As Scots gear up for a vote next September on whether they want to end more than 300 years of union with England, Laura Miller asks advisers north of the border what impact they think an independent Scotland will have on their businesses
The financial services industry needs a simplified regime within which it can "talk the consumer language", in order to attract people shut out by the retreat of bank advice, BlackRock has suggested.
Aviva chairman John McFarlane is to take up the same role at transport business First Group, Sky News reports, however Aviva have said he is not leaving the insurer.
The Chancellor, George Osborne, today revealed the details of the coalition's 2013 Autumn Statement.
The Bank of England has maintained interest rates at 0.5% and the size of the asset purchase programme at £375bn.
IFAonline.co.uk will provide full coverage of Autumn Statement 2013 from 11am on 5 December.
The Money Advice Service (MAS) has started to develop “more targeted advice provision” and will soon be providing value for money, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said in a report, out today.
In general, financial services firms suck very badly at managing their message. That's a good thing as far as I'm concerned, as it keeps me and my chaps in a job, but there are some leading lights in the industry who we would never dare go near on saying the right thing to the right people at the right time.
The European Commission has collectively fined 6 international financial institutions €1.7bn (£1.4bn) for their involvement in the manipulation of benchmark rates.
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