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Dodds helps old TFAS advisory group rebirth

The former TOWER Financial Advisory group is being reborn and Fred Dodds has returned to the group to help with the rebirth.

Friday, August 31st 2018, 6:00AM 1 Comment

TFAS was the old adviser association made up of TOWER aligned investors and is now called DNA Advice. When TOWER decided to sell its businesses TFAS ended up being owned by Fidelity Life (which also bought TOWER’s life business).

However, the company hasn’t done much with the group and has agreed to relinquish its ownership.

DNA Advice director James King (pictured left) says the group has around 30 advisers, $600 million of funds under management and $10 million of in-force business with both Fidelity Life and health insurer nib.

The group decided that it would “have a crack”at re-establishing itself as a non-aligned adviser channel in the new regulatory environment.

"We see an opportunity in the market under the new licensing regime," he says.

He says they are delighted that Fidelity Life has agreed to give them ownership of their books of business.

“It’s a huge relief for all our members that we can finally say we own our clients.”

He says Fidelity still remains an “important partner” for the group, but its advisers can now work with other life insurance companies.

DNA Advice advisers also have a deep relationship with Fisher Funds Management (which bought TOWER’s managed funds and KiwiSaver businesses).

King says the reborn group does not intend to apply for a licence and become a Financial Advice Provider.

His view was that using vanilla, templated solutions was not good for clients.

“We won’t be telling them they can use certain products.”

James KingHowever, he does see a role for the group to help members get their own licences

Advisers in the group use model portfolios developed and managed by Fisher Funds as it is a simple and cost-effective approach, however that doesn't stop advisers adding "a little bit of flavour outside of the model portfolios."

King says the reborn group may appeal to RFAs who want to dip their toes back into the investment space.

The group is more of a co-operative model rather than a corporate one. It has three directors; Shaw, Peter Crawford andClair Dodd. Former TOWER executive and IFA chief executive Fred Dodds has been appointed as a transitional manager.

Tags: Fidelity Life Fisher Funds Fred Dodds

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On 31 August 2018 at 2:11 pm Greg Barratt said:
Congratulations Ladies and Gents, this is an Awesome outcome for you all!! It has been along time coming. I am so happy that you can now all concentrate on building an asset that you actually own yourselves! Brilliant to see Mr Dodds involved here. It would be fantastic to see you build this brand back to what it was like in the good old TFAS days. Best of luck with your future endeavours!! Greg Barratt

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