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Partnership : Zurich partners with AIFA to spearhead RDR readiness

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Zurich announced it is joining forces with the Association of Independent Financial Advisers (AIFA) as the new supporter of AIFA’s online business transition academy, FFWD. 

Available exclusively to AIFA members, the online hub contains a wealth of information designed to help advisers grow and adapt their businesses in light of the implementation of the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) in less than 539 days. Packed with hints and tips from advisers who have already embraced the challenges of the RDR, the virtual resource includes news and views from industry experts, a downloadable reference section with the latest FSA papers and AIFA guides on the key stages to developing successful business strategy.

Commenting on the new partnership with AIFA FFWD, Richard Howells, Intermediary Sales Director, Zurich UK Life said, “We’re delighted to be supporting AIFA and their online academy FFWD, at a time when more and more advisers are looking to industry bodies and providers to help them transition their business models in light of the RDR deadline.  By lending our support, we hope to create greater engagement with advisers while at the same time continue to champion the role of the adviser and influence the wider debate about the shape of financial advice in the future”.

Zurich will be providing expert comment over the coming months on key aspects of the RDR together with other topical issues, with podcasts, blogs, commentary and analysis from its RDR experts available through the FFWD microsite.

Sophie Fiori, AIFA Marketing and Membership Director said, “With over 1,500 firms already registered, FFWD is proving to be invaluable for member firms who are preparing their business for RDR. Our partnership with Zurich enables us to build on AIFA’s success to date and continue to develop this vital offering to members.”

AIFA members can access FFWD through a secure section of the AIFA website with their usual log in details.  Advisers not already members of AIFA, will need to register their details.

Source : Zurich Financial Services