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SNP targets 'unfair' pension charges

20 April 2015 4:00 pm | By Mark Sands

The SNP has warned that while it backs pension freedoms, it plans to identify and target hidden and unfair charges.

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GBST to power Just Retirement platform

20 April 2015 10:11 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Composer platform allows customers to “mix and match” their savings.

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Conservatives to appoint Ros Altmann consumer protection minister

18 April 2015 8:00 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Altmann will review drawdown charge cap and future of the Money Advice Service.

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Walk on by: Savers spurn Pension Wise in favour of providers

17 April 2015 8:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

In the early days of pension freedoms the influence of providers, rather the Government’s flagship Pension Wise service, is being brought to bear on savers.

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Nick Bamford: Time for a systems and processes check up

17 April 2015

Creating and implementing diligent systems and processes now might well save some future embarrassment.

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Neil Liversidge: Do we really know better than our clients?

17 April 2015

Any adviser who thinks they know better than their clients is mistaking a matter of opinion, however well informed, for a matter of fact.

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MM leader: Pension tax relief is boiling over

16 April 2015

Politicians will bang the drum about looking after “hard working families”, but don’t diligent savers also count as hard working?

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Claire Trott: Extra layers of protection

13 April 2015

The reduction in the lifetime allowance to £1m could bring in extra complexity around fixed protection.

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Nic Cicutti: Savers won't seek vital advice on cash for annuities

9 April 2015

Expecting annuitants to pay 3 per cent of their pot for advice that they should not sell is a triumph of hope over likely experience.

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Apfa: Is now the time to get pension transfer qualified?

2 April 2015

Advisers must start to think about preparing for another qualification requirement.

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Sipps

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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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Arck investors face further FSCS claim delays

16 April 2015 | By Tom Selby

Investors in failed property investment scheme Arck are facing further delays as the Financial Services Compensation Scheme continues to investigate claims against advisers

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Hargreaves switches Sipp trustee to boost cash returns

10 April 2015 | By Sam Brodbeck

Changes allow firm to invest in broader range of fixed-term deposits.

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How ready are Sipp providers for imminent cap ad hike?

10 April 2015 | By Sam Brodbeck

LV=, Rowanmoor and Attivo would all have less than 100% coverage if the cap ad rules applied today.

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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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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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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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