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The Hub

Advisers tell us that the key to good customer outcomes is a combination of great financial planning and the ability to match each client with financial products that will help them reach their particular goals. This hub aims to help you with that process.

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Product governance


Learn what the FCA expects from you in this vital area.

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Provider due diligence


Find out how we can help you navigate the due diligence process.

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Product suitability


Every client is different, so product selection is key.

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Barriers to transfer


Switching platforms should be easy. Learn more and read the lang cat report.

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Product governance

PROD

The FCA aims to protect customers by making sure advisers, and the manufacturers and distributors of financial products, deliver effective product oversight and governance.

If you already have strong processes in place to ensure client suitability, you could be forgiven for thinking this means you are covered from a PROD perspective. In his special report, Rory Percival explains why that may not be the case, and outlines the key issues that all advisers should consider.

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AJ Bell Investcentre’s product governance

Our Head of Product, Mark Rendle, explains AJ Bell Investcentre's approach to product governance.

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Due diligence

Robust platform research

The FCA rightly insists that advisers undertake thorough due diligence before recommending a platform to their client. As well as choosing a provider that offers the best possible value for money, you will want to also consider issues like profitability, financial stability and the quality of service provided. With so much to consider, we think you will welcome all the help you can get – which is why we have pulled together a wealth of reports and information to help you build a robust process.

Essential reading

In addition to our own due diligence factsheet, we have also gathered valuable contributions from FinalytiQ, the lang cat, Platforum, AKG Financial Analytics, regulatory expert Rory Percival and Regis Media’s Robin Powell.

 

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AJ Bell Investcentre’s due diligence factsheet

Shaped by your peers and the guidance issued by the FCA, this factsheet is designed to help you navigate the due diligence process as efficiently as possible.

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Product suitability

Research the products – and your clients

We strive to ensure that the products and solutions on our platform are easy to use, with charges that are highly competitive and completely transparent.

Suitability articles

Regis Media’s Robin Powell considers the potential impact of excessive investment charges, and our Senior Technical Consultant, Charlene Young, gives an update on pension transfers.

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Barriers to transfer

Don’t just go with the status quo.

The FCA has identified problems with some advisers using the same platforms they always have, when their clients’ needs could be better served by switching to another provider.

This so-called ‘status quo bias’ is something the regulator is keen to address.

To help you tackle this, we worked with the lang cat to identify what barriers to transfer exist, and how you can sensibly mitigate them.

When considering transfers to AJ Bell Investcentre, we are always looking at ways to make this as easy as possible.

To help, we have:

  • sped up the transfer process, using Origo where possible to allow straight-through processing of transfers for SIPP cash and cash/in specie transfers for ISAs and GIAs;
  • created a transfer tracker on the V2.0 area of our website to show the progress of all transfers;
  • set up dedicated, experienced and well-resourced teams to handle re-registrations, who work exclusively on cash and in specie transfers (our service level agreements are available on our service page and are updated on a monthly basis); and
  • developed a robust ‘bulk’ transfer process, led by our Platform Support Team. While we appreciate that every bulk transfer is unique, the information available for download below is designed to outline how we expect the transfer to progress. It also details what we will require from you, and what you can expect from us, from initiation to completion.
 

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Investment options

Whatever your clients’ needs, we have investment options for them.

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Get in touch


Members of our Business Development Team are available to talk through any questions you have. Find your local contact below.

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    Alison Mollard

    Alison Mollard


    Region
    North of the River Thames
    South of the River Thames
    South East - North
    South East - South
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    Andy Witter

    Andy Witter


    Region
    North West
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    Arnie Millington

    Arnie Millington


    Region
    South of the River Thames
    South East - South
    East Berkshire
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    Colin Cunningham

    Colin Cunningham


    Region
    Northumberland - North
    Scotland and Northern Ireland
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    James Bell

    James Bell


    Region
    South West
    South Wales
    West Berkshire
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    Marcus Paradiuk

    Marcus Paradiuk


    Region
    North of the River Thames
    South East - North
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    Matt Jonas

    Matthew Jonas


    Region
    North East
    Northumberland - South
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    Mike Parker

    Mike Parker


    Region
    Midlands

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