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We’ve submitted our complaint letter

As promised in last week's blogs, we have now submitted our letter of complaint to the CII. In case you'd like to borrow some or all of our words for your own complaint letter, the following is the content of our letter: For the attention of: Inga Beale: President of the CII Board Sian Fisher: [...]

By | January 14th, 2018|BTS News, Talking Points|0 Comments

One week on under the new CII regime.

A week has gone by since the CII decision to give no choice to its students in the exam package purchases for RO/JO and AF exams. Looking at the details (below) from the CII’s published Global Cooperation Strategy… As the premier professional body for the insurance and financial planning professions, the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) promotes [...]

By | January 9th, 2018|BTS News, Talking Points|0 Comments

What is happening at CII Towers?

Last month we had the announcement that the CII is withdrawing completely from offering any face to face revision workshops for individuals studying RO, JO or AF exams. On Thursday 4th January, BTS found out that, for most financial services regulated exams, the CII have introduced an all-inclusive packaged approach. This means that you can [...]

By | January 6th, 2018|BTS News, Talking Points|1 Comment

What is in store in 2018 for those studying for CII exams?

An update from Luiza Todd The dust has now settled on the news that the Chartered Insurance Institute are no longer running ‘in-house’ exam revision workshops. This still feels like such a strange decision for an examining body to make. I cannot believe that there is not still a huge appetite for R0 exam support [...]

By | December 27th, 2017|BTS News, Talking Points|0 Comments

R05 Workshop Results and Student Feedback

BTS have just run a RO5 workshop for one of our Wealth Management clients. This involved an action-packed two-day workshop facilitated in London. The attendees were mainly second careerists with little or no financial services experience. This workshop was full to brimming with relevant theories and practice, lots of handouts, including one page ‘crib-sheets’ for [...]

By | December 12th, 2017|BTS News, Talking Points|1 Comment

What are R0 students supposed to do?

We have just found out that the Chartered Insurance Institute have made the decision that, from 2018, they will no longer offer R0 workshops to the general market for candidates who are studying for these exams.   This means that the qualifications that involve such a commitment in terms of study time, question practice, and [...]

By | December 3rd, 2017|BTS News, Talking Points|0 Comments

Bridging the Succession Gap

Much has been written about the current demographic challenges facing the Financial Services Profession. We know that there is an ageing adviser population with the average age of an adviser estimated to be north of fifty, and survey after survey stating that at least one third of advisers are looking to retire in the next [...]

By | July 7th, 2017|Talking Points|1 Comment


During a recent busy day in London I had the chance to leave the office, get some fresh air (well, as fresh and nitrogen dioxide-free as it can be around Threadneedle Street) and pick up some lunch. So, resolution-affirming healthy salad and calorie-laden desert in hand, I found myself queuing in a well-known food chain, [...]

By | February 3rd, 2017|Talking Points|0 Comments


Since the introduction of pension freedoms on 6th April 2015, Defined Benefit (DB) pension transfers advice is topical. One ‘fly in the ointment’ is that members in defined benefit schemes can’t access much of what is good in relation to such reforms. So, if you are a single man or woman with no dependants you [...]

By | December 29th, 2016|Talking Points|0 Comments


As I write this, Lord Sugar is about to select another apprentice as his business partner in that most festive of modern Christmas traditions, The Apprentice final. T’is the season to... conclude all of those reality TV shows by crowning a winner whilst supermarkets entertain us in the ad breaks with their latest 7 minute [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|Talking Points|0 Comments