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Counting the cost

Lyssa Barber considers the impact on the investment industry of the retail distribution review

12 September 2011

After the UK Treasury select committee recommended in July a one-year delay implementing the retail distribution review (RDR), cautioning a potential ‘stampede’ of advisers from the investment industry, it’s easy to see that the road to 1 January 2013 may be anything but smooth. A casual glance at the financial press shows plenty to stir concern; the same Treasury select committee recommending an ‘opt out’ option for high-net-worth (HNW) clients, more than 50 IFAs that actively downsized staff numbers, and lingering questions over how beneficial the review will genuinely be for client choice.

Numbers’ game

A significant amount has already been written about RDR, its implementation and the effects it will have on clients and the investment industry as a whole. Although one area that has yet to be examined is the direct impact RDR ?will have on the number of advisers ?wh...

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