In a changing market such as financial services, APFA is the constant voice providing commentary on the issues that matter to members.

We provide commentary and analysis through our press releases. The APFA team is available to give comment on the issues hitting the headlines. We also produce press releases on our research, responses and regulatory issues across the board. All APFA's press output is below.



03/12/2015

APFA urges advisers to highlight regulatory costs to clients

The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) has today published its second annual Cost of Regulation report alongside a regulatory costs disclosure template for advisers to use in their communications with clients.

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30/09/2015

APFA urges Treasury to leave pensions tax relief alone

Adviser trade body responds to discussion paper on tax relief for pension savings

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25/09/2015

APFA urges FCA to examine disclosure requirements

Adviser trade body responds to discussion paper on smarter consumer communications

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21/09/2015

APFA announces new staff member

The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) has announced that Alex Roberts has joined their team in the role of Senior Policy Adviser

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28/08/2015

APFA responds to Select Committee inquiry into pension freedoms advice

Financial adviser trade body urges clarity on liability and reduction in cost of regulation.

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03/08/2015

APFA responds to HM Treasury and FCA Financial Advice Market Review announcement

Responding to the joint HM Treasury and FCA Review into the Financial Advice Market (FAMR), Chris Hannant, Director General of the Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA), said...

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15/07/2015

Meet the ombudsman roadshows - new locations added

Did you know that as well as working with APFA to reach the adviser community through their regional seminars, the ombudsman also runs free training sessions all over the country too?

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14/07/2015

Three months to go until people can top up their State Pension by up to £1,300 a year

The Government is today reminding people who are eligible for State Pension top up, to consider it as an option for boosting their retirement income.

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02/07/2015

APFA calls for FCA to adopt government's 'Better Regulation' programme

Advisers' trade association urges Chancellor to use Budget to overhaul financial regulation.

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01/07/2015

Advisers believe FCA favours insurance based option

Almost 40% of advisers believe that the insurance based option to address adviser concerns over unlimited liability has the strongest chance of being implemented by the FCA.

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23/06/2015

APFA's Mission 2015/2016: An accountable regulator and fairer funding

I wanted to write to financial advisers to outline our lobbying priorities for the next Parliamentary year, highlight some of our achievements so far and thank our members for their continued support.

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23/06/2015

FCA must freeze budget

The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) has today responded to the FCA's Position Statement on Fees and Levies for 2015/16. Financial advisers will see their fees rise by 10.2%.

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17/06/2015

Solutions to limit liability gain traction with advisers

Nearly two thirds of advisers believe an insurance based solution to mitigate unlimited liability would lead to greater stability for the industry, according to latest research from the Fair Liability 4 Advice campaign.

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29/05/2015

APFA calls for common sense on telephone recording under MiFID II

The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) has submitted its response to the FCA's Discussion Paper DP15/3 on MiFID II, in which APFA calls for the FCA not to gold plate the implementation of MiFID II's telephone recording requirements

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28/05/2015

APFA responds to the FCA's capital resource requirement consultation

Responding to the Financial Conduct Authority's Consultation Paper on capital resource requirements, Chris Hannant, Director General of the Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA), said...

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20/05/2015

Continued adviser support for longstop according to Fair Liability 4 Advice campaign

The vast majority of advisers continue to support the introduction of a fifteen year long-stop, latest research from The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA), in conjunction with campaign partner Zurich, reveals today.

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19/05/2015

APFA calls for an FCA budget freeze

The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) has submitted its response to the FCA's fees and levies Consultation Paper CP15/14 calling for a freeze to the FCA's budget for two years.

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07/05/2015

Clarity on Adviser Pension Transfer Liability needed from the FCA

New research from the Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) highlights the uncertainty around pension transfers under the government's pension flexibility reforms.

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30/04/2015

Last day to complete our Fair Liability 4 Advice survey

For those of you who haven't completed the survey - you still have the opportunity to feed into the campaign before the survey closes later today.

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22/04/2015

APFA and AMI urge politicians to re-examine case for FCA fee hike

As part of its ongoing campaign to reduce the regulatory cost for advisers, APFA last week wrote, jointly with the AMI, a letter to the main political parties to urge a rethink of the recent FCA fee increase.

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17/04/2015

APFA urges FCA clarity around adviser liability on pension transfers

The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) today called on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to provide greater clarity for those advisers giving retirement planning advice under the new pension flexibilities regime.

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15/04/2015

Fair Liability Campaign sees solutions to limit liability for advisers move one step closer

The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA), in conjunction with campaign partner Zurich, is consulting with advisers on possible solutions to limit liability for advisers to help inform ongoing discussions with the regulator.

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14/04/2015

APFA publishes its annual The Financial Adviser Market: In Numbers report

The report provides a comprehensive overview of the UK financial adviser market and the trends within it.

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30/03/2015

APFA responds to FCA's announcement of fees consultation

Responding to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) publishing a consultation on increased fees for financial advice firms in the 2015/16 financial year, Chris Hannant, Director General at the Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA), co

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24/03/2015

APFA welcomes Pension Wise opening for appointments

The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) has responded to today’s Treasury announcement on Pension Wise, welcoming the news that the guidance service is now open for appointments.

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23/03/2015

APFA calls for improved access to financial advice

Ahead of May’s General Election, the Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) has today launched its Manifesto for Financial Advice.

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20/03/2015

APFA responds to publication of independant review of MAS

Responding to the Treasury’s publication of Christine Farnish’s independent review of the Money Advice Service (MAS), Chris Hannant, Director General at the Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA), commented:

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12/03/2015

APFA announces Personal Touch Financial Services as new member

The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) has today announced that professional adviser network Personal Touch Financial Services has become a member of the organisation and gained representation on APFA's policy consultation group.

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11/03/2015

APFA appoint Caroline Escott as Senior Policy Adviser

The Association of Professional Advisers (APFA) has announced that Caroline Escott has joined their team in the role of Senior Policy Adviser.

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04/03/2015

Pensions the most common area where advisers are turning clients away

With just over a month to go before the introduction of new freedoms around retirement income, research from APFA reveals that pensions advice is the most common form of advice for which advisers are turning clients away.

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24/02/2015

APFA calls for urgent action to lower FSCS and FOS budgets

The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) has responded to the proposed plans and budgets for both the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) and the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), calling for immediate action to reduce the

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23/01/2015

Financial advisers optimistic about prospects for UK economy

The majority of financial advisers are optimistic about the outlook for the UK economy in 2015, according to new research from the Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA).

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19/01/2015

APFA responds to Financial Services Compensation Scheme levy consultation

The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) has today commented on the FCA's Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) levy consultation for 2015/16.

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19/01/2015

APFA calls on FSCS to reach broad settlement in Keydata litigation

The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) has called on the Financial Services Compensation Service (FSCS) to make positive steps towards reaching a broad settlement with the remaining defendants in the case relating to Keydata sales,

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13/01/2015

APFA launches 2015 regional seminar series

The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) is today announcing details of its 2015 regional seminar series. The seminars provide an opportunity for advisers across the country to discuss a number of key issues for the financial advice

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06/01/2015

Just under half of financial advisers using social media to support their business

New research from the Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) finds that just under half (46%) of financial advisers use social media in a professional capacity, while only one in five (21%) consider social media use important for their

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