Video interviews with International Adviser
Towards the end of last month, I was invited to be the keynote speaker at International Adviser’s International Fund Links Forum, held at London’s Corinthia Hotel.
Following my speech, I was interviewed by Simon Danaher, International Adviser’s online editor.
Amongst other topics, during the first part of the interview, I talked about deVere Group’s success story so far and our unrivalled reputation as one of the world’s largest financial advisory organisations.
Within this part of the interview I also spoke about the Strategic Growth Fund, and how deVere Group supported it originally but over time, due to falling markets, the fund devalued, was underperforming and was perhaps less advantageous for clients. As the fund is now frozen, we are using best endeavours to represent as robustly as possible the interests of all clients invested in the Strategic Growth Fund to help regain their monies where possible.
In the second video, I referred to certain factors which have had an impact on the industry in recent times, namely the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) in the UK, the ban on indemnity commission in Hong Kong, Singapore’s Financial Advisory Industry Review and the Insurance Authority regulations review in the UAE.
I explained that more stringent regulation is typically regarded as positive by us here at deVere Group and by the wider industry. As I mentioned, tighter regulations, I believe, drive up the quality of advice, widen industry standards, build public trust, and protect clients. I also flagged up how the financial advisory sector is becoming more adaptable than ever, which is essential in order to grow and thrive on a global scale.
To end the interview I expressed the importance of training programmes and how they help to increase industry standards. deVere Group’s pioneering graduate programme is an intensive scheme that will turn graduate students into fully-qualified, highly-paid financial advisers or investment brokers within two years. This programme will offer talented individuals the chance to build and then fast-track their careers in a leading, responsible global financial organisation that prides itself on its upbeat working environment and strong work ethic.
I would like to thank International Adviser for allowing me to be a part of the prestigious International Fund Links Forum and very much look forward to the next event.