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Quick-Start Your Proposition 
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Mind the gap 
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For goodness sake 
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Wake up to a new world 
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A little nostalgia is a good thing 
Welcome to my world 
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Intimations of mortality 
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From alert to supervisory action 
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Regulation, the one-way street
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There is sweet irony here... 
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A man who made his mark 
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2016: Onwards and Upwards 
On 'Doing Network' 
Tis the season to be whinging 
Futile Forecasting Frustration 
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Data Matters 
Over a lifetime 
Your money is safe 
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What you write matters 
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A Question of Trust 
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Where's Value? 
Just Say No 
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Threats to Sustainability 
2015, Looking Forwards
Merry Christmas! 
Regulation's working... 
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The joy of Notes 
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Surprised by excellence 
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On Not Advising on Mortgages
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Your Proposition 
Justifying our existence 
Getting there safely 
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How to look forwards
The point of promises
Auto-Enrolment Implications
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Merry Christmas to All!
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The lust of the eyes
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A good read
A bit of fiscal responsibility
Risky business
Service, service + More Service
A salutary Tale
Sorry doesn't have to be the hardest word
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Matching expectations
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Client Reviews
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How to start a profitable IFA practice

There's a good reason why, at ValidPath, our strapline is "Your best route to a thriving practice".

Over the years, we've analysed so many good and bad examples, that we have a very clear idea of what works - and what doesn't.  So it wasn't a surprise when, back in 2007, we were asked to write a book on the subject.  Since then, we have distributed many physical and digital copies. 

We have now completely re-written this resource in order to reflect the many changes that have been occurring within the financial services sector. In the electronic (PDF) version, there's loads of new hyperlinks to useful web-resources.  We find that firms and individuals coming from a wide variety of backgrounds
talk to us about authorisation, so in this resource  we tackle the more general issues.  We have some other, more specific resources available which may be helpful, after looking at this booklet:
  • "Time to take the plunge?" - an introduction to ValidPath's way of 'doing Network', and a summary of our requirements.  This is a physical book that we mail out.
  • "Life Is Short" - the 'one page business plan' from ValidPath, which aims to help practitioners cut to the chase in designing their business model.  Again, this is a hard copy that we can mail out.
It's entirely free, and for individuals or firms considering setting up their own IFA practice, this will be a really useful starting point.  If you'd like a copy, please click here and just ask for it!

Please note that you can learn more about the new regulatory framework governing practitioners by clicking here.
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