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  • 2nd EUROPEAN FINANCIAL CONFERENCE 2015
  • 10 DECEMBER 2015 // BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
  • »SOCIAL WELFARE IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC STAGNATION:«
  • Can smart regulation stimulate private pensions?
  • 10th DECEMBER 2015 // Renaissance Hotel, BRUSSELS (BE)

 

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The last conference was held in Brussels in December 2015 under the title  “Social Welfare in Times of Economic Stagnation: Can smart regulation stimulate private pensions?” and was attended by all major stakeholders; including regulators, politicians, consumer groups, the national trade associations of countless European countries, and advisory practitioners.

 

 

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Paul StanfieldPaul Stanfield
FECIF Secretary General

Do consumers and advisers finally have the same goals?

Over the last year or two it has struck me that the increasing complexity of regulation is not only being seen in a negative light by the financial advisory and intermediary market – there are also growing concerns being expressed by consumers and, in particular, consumer groups, that this is having a negative impact on the public at large.

Whilst it would be easy to conclude that more regulation means greater protection for consumers, this is often a misplaced belief and, arguably, lazy thinking. If regulation becomes excessive this tends to have a number of results: reduced availability to advice; greater end-cost; reduced access to any form of assistance for “lower value clients”; less product availability and options. Quite clearly, none of these outcomes are beneficial for consumers – or for anyone.

They are also highly likely to lead to a smaller advisory sector and a widening advice gap – just at the time when governments want consumers to take more responsibility for, and become increasingly engaged with, their own financial planning. If you don’t believe that this outcome is likely perhaps a quick glance at the UK post-RDR might change your thinking...
 

 

  
 

The European Federation of Financial Advisers and Financial Intermediaries (FECIF) was chartered in June 1999 for the defence and promotion of the role of financial advisers and intermediaries in Europe.

FECIF, the only body representing European financial advisers and intermediaries, it is based in Brussels, the heart of Europe.

 

 

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