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Will robo-advice mean checkmate for human financial advisers?

Published on 09 June 2017. By George Smith, Senior Associate

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With continuing advances in artificial intelligence and the rise in 'robo-advisers', is financial advice following in the footsteps of chess, where computers have long since outstripped humans in ability? Are human financial advisers nearing checkmate or is the endgame still unclear?

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UCIS in focus at FOS

Published on 26 June 2015. By George Smith, Senior Associate

FOS' latest edition of Ombudsman News contained some interesting insights into its approach to complaints concerning advice relating to UCIS investments.

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FOS by numbers

Published on 20 May 2015. By George Smith, Senior Associate

The FOS has published its 2014/15 annual review, setting out a plethora of fascinating statistics about the service.

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Unrealistic expectations? - FCA research highlights investors' lack of understanding of structured products

Published on 13 March 2015. By George Smith, Senior Associate

Findings published by the FCA beg the question, are firms are doing enough to ensure that customers understand structured products before investing?

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Is that your final answer? – FCA introduces "second line of defence" ahead of pension freedoms

Published on 28 January 2015. By George Smith, Senior Associate

In a 'Dear CEO' letter to pension providers published on Monday the FCA set out new protections that will constitute a "second line of defence" for customers seeking to access their pensions.

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SFO makes first use of Bribery Act in prosecution for fraudulent UCIS

Published on 11 December 2014. By George Smith, Senior Associate

The SFO's recent prosecution in relation to a fraudulent UCIS ...

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SFO makes first use of Bribery Act in prosecution for fraudulent UCIS

Published on 11 December 2014. By George Smith, Senior Associate

Earlier this week three individuals were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court following the first prosecution by the SFO under the Bribery Act 2010.

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FCA keeps SIPP investments under close scrutiny

Published on 06 November 2014. By George Smith, Senior Associate

We blogged previously on the tougher attitude that the FCA is taking concerning the obligations of SIPP operators, and the increased focus on the suitability of underlying SIPP investments.

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