Phil Wickenden: Learning and doing must come as a pair

For some reason, our society separates learning and doing. Somewhere along the way, we decided that one interfered with the other and that is to all our detriment. The thing we usually seek to label as “learning” is actually more about “education”. It revolves around compliance, rankings and whether or not something specific will be […]

Bank of England keeps base rate at 0.75%

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee has voted unanimously to keep the base rate at 0.75 per cent. The rate has stayed at this level since it was raised from 0.50 per cent in early August last year. Minutes show that the committee sees downside risks to growth as having increased in the face of […]


FCA transparency guru backs contingent charging ban

Investment fees campaigner Chris Sier says he is backing a ban on contingent charging. His comments follow calls by work and pensions select committee chair Frank Field MP for the practice, where adviser charges vary based on whether a particular recommendation is given, to be prohibited. In an interview with Money Marketing, Sier notes the […]

Consolidator poaches Newell Palmer director to spearhead expansion plans

Advice firm consolidator Perspective Financial Group has appointed former Newell Palmer executive Kevin Homfray to lead its expanded acquisition strategy. The Cheshire-headquartered group says Homfray will drive its “ambitious acquisition plans” in the new role of acquisition director. The group is also looking to merge established advice firms with its 15 existing offices across England. […]

Wealth manager Brown Shipley seals another acquisition

Advice and wealth management firm Brown Shipley has made another acquisition to expand its regional footprint. The firm has picked up NW Brown & Co Limited, a wealth manager based in Cambridge with a second office in Norwich, for an undisclosed sum. Brown Shipley’s total asset under management are now approaching £9bn with the addition […]