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AIFA and AMI ask members for feedback

As part of its strategic review, the Association of Independent Financial Advisers and the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries have launched a member survey.

It will also have face to face discussions with some of its members as part of the review.

The trade body says the findings from the work will remain confidential and the insights will feed into its internal process, with the results not being published.

The trade body says member insights and feedback are central to the process and it encourages members to have their say.

The deadline for responses is 17:00 on Friday January 21 2011 and the survey is available via the AIFA homepage.

AIFA says the last decade has seen it develop from an advice community towards an IFA profession, one that it has proudly defended as a trade association.

Its role has been to influence decision makers to direct policy towards an appropriate and proportionate regulatory structure and to help create a better business environment for its members.

It says it has achieved this through:

  • representing the interests of our members on the issues that are key
  • providing research and  market insight to help  identify future business opportunities
  • delivering technical support
  • an events programme that also allows members to get close to the policy makers and get their views heard

But it says the market is currently experiencing a period of great change for the industry; we have a new government and major changes are occurring to the regulatory structure.

Additionally, the centre of gravity for regulation is shifting towards Brussels.

Increasingly, the European perspective is becoming the driving influence on financial services in this country presenting new challenges to the operating environment for its members.  

And with this in mind it says it is important to ensure that AIFA remains relevant and responsive to its membership.

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