After each Meeting Owen James publish 'The Findings', a document that encapsulates and shares the key issues and topics discussed on the day.
Each section below summarises the different roundtable sessions and covers an array of industry driven topics.
The Findings are listed in Event date order, but don't just look for an event you attended, explore the research facility that gives you access to topics addressed at all our other Meetings – past and present.
To financial advisory firms strategic business planning is paramount. Whether buying, selling, building or retiring, it is essential that Financial Advisers understand their business objectives and have an effective strategy to achieve them.
In a world of vertical integration, where does value sit in the value chain and how will this change?
A look at the different parts of the value chain to understand: Who will be the winners and losers? What are the evolving risk and pricing models? What will the impact of sub-advisory, commoditisation and competition be? How you demonstrate value? Where are the gaps and what needs are not currently being met?
While the advantages of training advisers and TAs from scratch are obvious – particularly when it comes to integrating them into the company culture and moulding their skills, do firms have the time and resources to do so? Or should we just focus on recruitment and head-hunting? With a wave of applications from strong candidates pouring into all types of job openings across various industries, the recruitment criteria and process has inevitably had to change. Increasingly, it is becoming apparent that although skills are absolutely essential to progress, what differentiates the successful from the non-successful candidates is their alignment to the company’s values. To succeed, employees need to translate their skills into motivation driven by purpose and vision. Once firms do hire the right talent, appropriate remuneration and reward policies are in place, the attraction, development and retention of key talent requires on-going focus on the human dynamics.
According to some recent research from NS&I, 70% of financial advisers are willing to advise people with portfolios of less than £50,000 but 71% of Britons would only consider consulting a financial adviser if they had more than £25,000 to invest. So just what is commercially feasible from your point of view? Do we know at what level people feel they can justify the cost of financial advice?