One of the recurring assertions I have heard from endless numbers of financial advisers over the years is how much their clients love them and everything they do. Sure, there are some bad advisers out there. Yes, there have been some terrible financial scandals in the past couple of decades. Undoubtedly, many people have lost out to poor advice and misselling.
The new service should lead to consumers better identifying the benefits of regulated adviceEarlier this month, my colleague Paul Lewis wrote a column criticising the new, unified financial guidance body in that it will probably not be able to state its primary role as that of giving advice to consumers.
My first instincts about a Royal London-sponsored report were wrong. Now I urge everyone to read itOne of the things you learn after more than 25 years writing about the financial advice industry in all its diverse forms is how the sector so often behaves in a self-congratulatory manner. Advisers regularly find the time to pat themselves on the back, be it in print form or at conferences and other events.
@halifaxbroker after spending 35 minutes on the phone waiting for a human being, am told by the operator that I've got the wrong number. She puts phone down. I did not raise my voice, shout or swear. Do you have any concept of customer service?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".