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Govt urged to accelerate reform of 'waste of money' MAS

26 March 2015 3:00 pm | By Mark Sands

The Government must accelerate reforms of the Money Advice Service or risk wasting huge sums of advisers’ money, MPs warn.

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Aviva U-turns on pension guidance plans

26 March 2015 2:30 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Aviva has backtracked on plans to offer customers guidance on what to do with their pensions in favour of an “information-only” service.

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CII chief exec Sandy Scott to stand down

26 March 2015 9:42 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Scott leaves the Chartered Insurance Institute in March 2016 after 16 years with the organisation.

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Under the radar: Why the FCA must do more to shut down pension scams

26 March 2015 8:30 am | By Tessa Norman

Analysis by Money Marketing suggests FCA’s warning notices strategy is ineffective. 

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Martin Lewis aiming to join MAS review ‘challenger panel’

25 March 2015 3:32 pm | By Mark Sands

Martin Lewis has offered to support MAS in reviewing the findings of the Farnish report after being invited to join a ”challenger panel”.

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HSBC to relocate retail banking head office to Birmingham

25 March 2015 8:42 am | By Valentina Romeo

HSBC is to relocate the head office of its ring-fenced retail and business banking operations to Birmingham.

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Osborne plays down pension freedoms misselling fears

24 March 2015 4:45 pm | By Mark Sands

George Osborne has disputed claims incoming pension freedoms will leave savers prey to “rip-off merchants”.

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Pension Wise access details confirmed

24 March 2015 1:46 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Users asked to wait two weeks for appointments.

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MM leader: FCA needs to get a grip on unauthorised firms

26 March 2015

Pension freedoms mean it is imperative the regulator tackles a growing problem.

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Nic Cicutti: It's time to debate protection out in the open

26 March 2015

You can always tell when something I said is highly controversial.

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Peter Hamilton: Rights over pensions in bankruptcy

24 March 2015

Can a trustee in bankruptcy require a bankrupt to elect to take his pension?

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Phil Billingham: The (un)hidden agendas of product providers

24 March 2015

Do not lose sight of the fact their true purpose is to achieve corporate profit and distribution goals.

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Robert Reid: ABI’s commission comments prove it is stuck in the past

20 March 2015

The organisation has lessons to learn - quickly.

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MM leader: Another Budget day, another political ploy

19 March 2015

Another Budget day, another shake-up to the annuities market, although this was one was minus the shock factor of last year.

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Special report: Your definitive guide to tax year-end planning

23 March 2015

An in-depth look at the financial planning opportunities as we approach the end of the tax year…

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Carl Lamb: Why advisers should say 'no' to insistent pension transfers

24 March 2015

Pension flexibility is almost upon us and many IFAs are rubbing their hands with glee about the opportunities for the advice sector.

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Lee Robertson: How have we become so remote from the public?

20 March 2015

Despite a drive for higher qualifications and more transparent charging structures the public appears to be trusting advisers less and less.

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Alistair Cunningham: Pensions should not be a Govt cash cow

17 March 2015

I recommend a change to pensions’ legislation: fiddling should be banned.

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Profile: From washing cars to SimplyBiz

26 March 2015 | By Amanda Newman Smith

The joint managing directors of SimplyBiz talk pension freedoms, the sunset clause and auto-enrolment.

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Linda Smith: What to expect from Pension Wise

11 March 2015

Will the Government’s goal of better-informed consumers beat a path to advisers’ doors?

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Chris Hannant: The long-stop debate starts now

11 February 2015

It is about time the implications on the advice profession are recognised.

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