It may have escaped your notice but the end of February marks the 30th anniversary of the first SIPP being established.
For some people, their professional body is just a means to retaining the letters after their name or a Statement of Professional Standing. This is part of what our professional bodies do, but it’s not the only thing. The are far from just being certificate generating exam providing organisations.
It won’t have escaped the attention of those of us working in the profession that the Financial Conduct Authority has made changes to the FCA Register, removing the name of all those in customer facing roles (except where they hold a senior management function).
Although I fell into Financial Planning by chance, as soon as I understood the profession and the various roles I knew that my goal was to be a Financial Planner.
I've had many conversations with Financial Planners and explained the importance of niche marketing, along with all of the benefits of picking a particular type of client to work with.
Just before Christmas I suggested that the FCA needed a new direction post-Bailey. It may already have found one although it is clearly not the direction everyone wants.
I love this time of year. It’s a time for reflection and opportunity. It’s a time for resolutions and goal setting, with January viewed by many as a clean slate.
The appointment of Andrew Bailey as the new Bank of England Governor today came as little surprise but it does open to door to opportunities for a new direction for the FCA.
The euphoria following a landslide election victory is probably not the best time to make long-term investment decisions and I’m sure many planners will have treated today as business as usual, partly because many of the fundamentals are the same as last week.
As we approach the end of another decade I have been reflecting on a subject dear to my heart – the evolution of the SIPP market.
Bristol-based Financial Planning firm Paradigm Norton became the latest firm this week to launch its own academy, this time a twist on the more general initiatives with a ‘Leadership Academy’ in partnership with University of the West of England.
As we near the end of the second decade of the 21st century, it’s fair to say the technological advances so far this century have been astonishing.