Giving Financial Advice on Retail Investments in the UK
The FCA’s standard for independent advice applies according to the Retail Distribution Review
(RDR) rules, introduced to improve the clarity with which firms describe their investment advice
services to consumers, improve consumer confidence and build general levels of trust in the retail
investment advice sector.
To be qualified to give financial advice in the UK practitioners must hold at a minimum, a level 4
RDR compliant qualification. Our Investment Advice Diploma was specifically developed to comply with
the FCA’s examination standards of the RDR and appears on the FCA’s Appropriate
Qualification tables. This qualification is the first step for many new investment advisors in the
UK, before choosing to achieve further qualifications, either our Certificate in Private Client
Investment Advice & Management or our Chartered Wealth Management Qualification, our higher
level, specialist wealth management qualification.