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Informed Choice Radio Personal Finance Podcast

Oct 28, 2016

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has started a consultation about its new mission.

As a firm of Chartered Financial Planners providing independent financial advice, we are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

In the past week, we received our annual invoice from the FCA, which pays not only for the regulator but for some other related regulatory bodies too.

In this episode of the podcast, Martin provide a breakdown of this invoice, explaining where the money goes and what it covers.

He explains the cost of the FCA, FSCS, FOS, Money Adviser Service and Pension wise, as well as other regulatory costs including professional indemnity insurance and capital adequacy.

What do you think about the cost of financial services regulation? Do we pay too much, too little? Do you get good value for money? We would love to hear from you.

Personal finance news update

-The UK economy has grown by a better than expected 0.5% between July and September, in the wake of the EU referendum result.

-More retirees are taking advantage of the pension freedoms and cashing in their pension pots, but the average withdrawal amounts has fallen.

-The deadline for submitting a paper tax return is looming, with HMRC warning of fines for late returns.

-The lowest earners have experienced the fastest pay rises, thanks to the introduction of higher minimum wages.

-Homebuyers looking to live in one of England’s picturesque market towns will need to pay a premium of £34,000 compared to neighbouring areas.


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