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New Model Artist! 15 comic cartoons from our magazine

The addition of cartoons to our magazine is a relatively recent change. Here are 15 of the best so far.

Cartoon capers

The addition of cartoons to New Model Adviser® is a relatively recent change, but it has certainly brightened up our pages. 

Resident illustrator Joachim McDonald (self-portrait above) has been darting back and forth across the office getting ideas for his drawings each week, and then bringing them to life in spectacular fashion. 

Click on to see his work. 

Cartoon capers

The addition of cartoons to New Model Adviser® is a relatively recent change, but it has certainly brightened up our pages. 

Resident illustrator Joachim McDonald (self-portrait above) has been darting back and forth across the office getting ideas for his drawings each week, and then bringing them to life in spectacular fashion. 

Click on to see his work. 

Aviva platform pain

Aviva ran into substantial platform pain earlier this year, as Joachim captured in this never before seen draft cartoon!

Pouring away the pennies

A collapsed wealth management firm, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, and a big metaphor. What could be clearer? 

Meme madness

We can't take all the credit for this one. The inspiration for this cartoon came from a meme that was doing the rounds earlier this year. It implies hastily changed minds on decisions that matter, something that the Financial Conduct Authority would know absolutely nothing about...

Gender injustice

In April Joachim took on the thorny topic of the gender pay gap. Somehow he managed to combine that with the another hot potato: trail commission. Bravo!

Phoenix firms

Things took a turn for the dark side later in April when Joachim came up with this corker regarding phoenix firms.

Flatpack plans

What if you could set up a financial advice business as easily as you could a piece of flatpack furniture?

That's the thinking behind Tenet's idea of 'business in a box', which got Joachim thinking of all those trips to Ikea he took as a kid. 

Facebook fiasco

It has not been a good year for Mark Zuckerberg. We doubt he cares that much, but things did get a bit worse for him when prominent savings guru Martin Lewis decided to sue the company earlier this year.

Lewis argues that Facebook should acknowledge its responsibilities as a publisher and vet more closely adverts that - in his case - used his image and brand to promote investments in things like Bitcoin, something that Lewis protests he would never endorse.

Blockchain battle

Speaking of bitcoin, there was a lot of talk earlier this year about Blockchain, the multi-user system that supports crypto-currencies. Sound a bit like Tetris? Joachim thought so. 

Corporate clash

Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) is challenging Lloyds Banking Group's decision to terminate an arrangement allowing SLA to run around £109 billion of pension and private client portfolios.

Conveniently enough, both firms have associations with specific animals. Joachim did the rest...

Denial downplayed

Of course the platforms would say the opposite, but at one point it did seem as though certain provider-owned platforms were oblivious to the scale of the task that replatforming represented.

Thankfully it is all ok now. Or is it? Mike Jordan of Jordan Financial Management would disagree...

 

Abbrevation nation

We all love a good abbreviation do we not?

They are probably just one of the many reasons consumers accuse the financial services sector of being inpenetrable and esoteric. 

We imagine the majority of our readers are a bit sick of them too though, a thought which inspired Joachim to create the above cartoon. 

Waste of money?

Ok, so we are caveating this cartoon. It was produced at a time when the usual pessimism regarding England's prospected World Cup performance was still rife. 

We are sure that the pessimism regarding consolidator competition to buy up other firms was well placed though!

A vital investment?

You power through a long sweaty run, check your Fitbit to see you have reached 10,000 steps and then get an alert on your phone to tell you your pension has been topped up by £1,000.

No this is not a new government scheme to stop obesity. This is the new pension concept from health insurer VitalityHealth.

Vitality's branding features a lovely little Dachshund, which Joachim just could not help foregrounding in his accompanying cartoon. 

Crackdown on its way...

Calls for The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to come down harder on companies and bosses that abuse pension schemes are not new.

So it was positive to read in London’s culture magazine Time Out how the often-maligned pensions watchdog is beefing up its approach, with staff moonlighting at nightclubs.

‘At my [security] company Savysec, I’ve got six smart, personable guys who work for me on Friday and Saturday nights – their day jobs are at TPR!’ bouncer James Johns revealed.

Sadly Johns was not forthcoming about the roles his staff have at TPR. But if they are anything like the security drafted in by the New Model Adviser® local on a Friday evening, it is fair to say no bosses would want to mess with them.

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