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It seems natural to write about the tax year end and ‘ISA season’ at this time of year.

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The 14 March saw the 30th anniversary of Nigel Lawson’s budget speech which conceived the idea of a SIPP (although the name and acronym emerged some time later). 

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The FCA’s recent Retirement Outcomes Review was a very welcome and thought-provoking paper. The report will result in a number of changes for the industry and it will be interesting to see which direction the FCA goes in its final review.

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The launch of a new Financial Planning firm, Schroders Personal Wealth (SPW), is exciting news and I believe new entrants to the financial advice market must be welcomed not feared, writes Simon Goldthorpe of Beaufort Group.

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I’m finding it difficult to decide whether the new Schroders Personal Wealth Financial Planning business announced this week, a joint venture between fund manager Schroders and Lloyds Bank, will augur well for the Financial Planning profession.

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For 2019 I’ve started incorporating a little of the Paraplanner Powwow essence in our team meetings. At the Powwows, people who work on their own or in a small team can learn from others. It’s a sharing environment that not only wants to share good practice, but also get things fixed! A key characteristic is that when we meet up it is a ‘safe space’ where all contribute – not just the wizened owls.

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Pensions auto-enrolment has been one of the few, consistent bright spots in the UK pensions market over the past decade. But with higher contributions on the way soon the DWP will need to keep a close eye to ensure that the wheels on the trolley don’t come off.

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I remember the first exam I passed towards achieving Chartered status, R02 Investment Principles and Risk, February 2014. Five years later and I’ve finally achieved Chartered status – something which feels like it has taken forever.

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Another year arrives and with it another opportunity to gear up your business for spectacular client service; sensational staff engagement; brilliant personal fulfilment; clarification and targeting of some amazing goals and dreams as well as turning in a splendid profit.

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As the Chair of AMPS, I dread the day that the Financial Ombudsman Service complaints data is published.

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