Jonathan Hughes on Protection Think Tanks and Automated Digital Advisers – MPAF41

How far off are we from a completely automated digital adviser?

One firm ran a successful April Fool recently claiming to have invented and installed such a robot. However, is such a device likely to materialise soon?

My guest today makes predictions about this and other developments based on work he and colleagues from RGA are carrying out in their Think Tank hidden in the depths of suburban Surrey.

Hear how Jonathan thinks that an automated digital adviser is possible but would have to be able to persuade as well as deliver facts.

Listen to his thoughts on whether an automated digital adviser working alongside its human counterpart could ultimately stimulate growth, not only in the protection, but in all financial services sectors.

That’s all right here in episode 41 of the Marketing Protection and Finance Podcast.

Jonathan Hughes on Protection Think Tanks and Automated Digital Advisers

Who is Jonathan Hughes?

Jonathan qualified as an actuary in 2006 and is Head of Strategic Development at RGA in London.

He is currently exiled in a small office out in Surrey with Richard Verdin and a few others working on ways to reverse the decline in Protection sales that we’ve seen over the past five years.

A little known fact about Jonathan is that he once had his bags searched at Glasgow airport while carrying a list of different types of bomb and potential targets in London.

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Catriona Standingford on Excelling at Financial Services Qualifications – MPAF40

Since RDR the Level 4 Diploma is the minimum qualification for a financial planner.

Higher up the scale are Level 6 Chartered Status or Certified Status.

What do consumers prefer when looking for a financial adviser? Do they know the difference? And will the minimum standard be raised to a mandatory Level 6 in future?

My guest today helps advisers achieve success in their qualifications. It can be a complex journey and Catriona offers some great tips on how to make it through.

Listen to her thoughts on the differences between Chartered and Certified Status and how to plan for a good result.

Hear her prediction about whether Level 6 will become the new minimum standard.

That’s all right here in Episode 40 of the Marketing Protection and Finance Podcast.

Catriona Standingford MPAF40

Who is Catriona Standingford?

Catriona is the founder of Brand Financial Training.

She and her team have been around since January 2008 providing CII exam candidates with immediately accessible, quality learning resources. Her aim is to have happy customers who are passing their exams and progressing in their career.

A little known fact about Catriona is that she ran a letting agency – which she described as horrendous – so we won’t be talking about letting agencies today.

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Nearly 40…More Marketing Protection and Finance Next Week

Thanks to your support I’ve nearly got to 40. Yes I’m about to publish Episode 40 of the MPAF Podcast.

Due to my holiday…the Podcast is taking a break this week. But number 40 will be worth the wait I promise. 

Next week Catriona Standingford talks about how to succeed at Financial Services qualifications. She’ll be giving her insights on whether the FCA will ever raise the minimum standard to Level 6 (Chartered or Certified Status).

 

Don’t miss Catriona’s interview. Right here on Wednesday 22 April 2015.