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When financial advisers go online

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WITH safe-distancing measures in place, financial advisers have had to move much of their business online. This means engaging with clients and reaching out to new customers on digital channels, and via social media. The pivot to digital certainly is in keeping with the times, but there are hazards lurking in the casual and almost too easy way that financial "advice" is being dished out online. Brunch this Saturday in The Business Times Weekend investigates.

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