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Consumer Duty: Annual Board report

It is now a requirement for firms to annually document relevant activities associated with Consumer Duty (CD) guidelines. There is no set format, layout, or strict guidance regarding content, but what is clear, is that this must involve a working document and is not a once a year tick box exercise.

Why diversification is good for your (business) health

Recent research claims that the key to gut health lies in diversity: namely, eating 30 or more different types of plant matter every week. That’s a tall order for the two-thirds of British adults who struggle to consume the government-recommended target of five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. And frankly, given the number of health studies and the various, and often contradictory, guidance they offer, we can be forgiven for taking this type of advice with a pinch of salt (or low sodium salt substitute).

Ditching Right to Buy won’t solve the housing crisis

Sometimes you can achieve so much that you become a victim of your own success. That can certainly be said of the Right to Buy scheme.

Options for regulatory approval as a mortgage firm

As a professional mortgage adviser contemplating the best pathway to obtain regulatory approval for your firm, it's crucial to weigh up your options carefully. Regulatory compliance is not just a legal requirement, but a foundation for building trust with your clients, and ensuring the sustainability of your business. In the UK, mortgage advisers must be authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to provide advice on regulated mortgages. This can be achieved either by joining an existing authorised network or by obtaining direct authorisation. Each route has its distinct advantages and challenges, and understanding these can help you make an informed decision that aligns with your business goals.