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Savers could withdraw more than £5bn from pensions in April surge

4 March 2015 4:58 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Hargreaves Lansdown predicts 400,000 people will access their pension and warns of legal but unregulated firms exploiting savers.

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HSBC launches risk-rated range ahead of pension freedoms

4 March 2015 1:09 pm | By Philip Scott

The group’s Retirement Range consists of three risk-rated portfolios; Cautious, Balanced and Dynamic.

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LV= calls for £25 ‘polluter pays’ levy to sustain Pension Wise

4 March 2015 12:25 pm | By Mark Sands

LV= wants a £25 charge to be levied on insurers for every existing customer who takes out an annuity.

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FCA announces dramatic overhaul of pension transfer qualifications

4 March 2015 11:00 am | By Tessa Norman

Overhaul of pension transfer qualifications announced in light of Budget reforms. 

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Claire Trott: Legacy problems plague pension freedom reforms

2 March 2015

In introducing a second line of defence, has the regulator decided the first will not work?

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The Platforum: Lifecos face new competitors in brave new pensions world

27 February 2015

Which life companies will be the winners and losers as they enter the direct to consumer platform world?

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Robert Reid: Pensions guidance cannot exist in scripts alone

27 February 2015

The industry needs to come up with more creative ways of delivering guidance.

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Nic Cicutti: Adviser attacks should not detract from pension freedoms debate

26 February 2015

Some advisers really cannot handle a proper discussion.

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Malcolm McLean: Will Osborne be haunted by guidance 'guarantee' pledge?

17 February 2015

Was it wise to offer a “guarantee” of face-to-face guidance for all new retirees?

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Nigel Chambers: Charge cap work will cut routes to advice

17 February 2015

The auto-enrolment charge cap will come into force from April.

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Is Sipp scrutiny shutting out HNW investors?

5 September 2014 | By Amanda Newman Smith

More restrictive investment choices are frustrating high-net-worth investors, the original audience for Sipps.

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Experts warn over 'misleading' Rightmove Sipp promotion

27 February 2015 | By Tessa Norman

Promotional Sipp email branded ‘misleading’ by experts. 

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Advisers criticise FSCS over 'unfair' Sipp stance

26 February 2015 | By Tessa Norman

FSCS will levy advisers for investment failures as part of claims about Sipp advice. 

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Is regulation killing the Sipp market?

20 February 2015 | By Sam Brodbeck

FCA needs to give greater clarity over commercial property status, say providers

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Govt charge cap proposals

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Royal London: Govt has 'grossly underestimated' charge cap costs

19 August 2014 8:52 am | By Natalie Holt, Michael Berry

Chief executive Phil Loney puts true cost of charge cap at £1bn.

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Govt announces retrospective auto-enrol adviser commission ban

27 March 2014 12:24 pm | By Tom Selby

Government is also capping charges on auto-enrolment default funds at 0.75 per cent from April 2015.

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Govt to cap pension charges at 0.75% from April 2015

27 March 2014 11:59 am | By Tom Selby

Pensions minister Steve Webb confirms auto-enrolment charge cap will be in place before the general election.

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Analysis

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Lessons from Down Under on pension freedoms

28 January 2015

Australia’s experience of pension freedom should be ringing alarm bells here in the UK.

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Getting to grips with the new guidance qualification

22 January 2015 | By Amanda Newman Smith

The Certificate in Pension Scheme Member Guidance was designed for administrators but could also be useful for paraplanners and advisers.

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Claire Trott: The key pension dilemmas ahead of April

20 January 2015

The countdown is on to the implementation of the new pension freedoms.

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How will competition in the pensions market benefit consumers?

18 December 2014

Insurance companies, Sipp providers and investment managers will be chasing the same money from April. But what’s in it for the consumer?

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