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Insurers refuse to confirm charges stance on AMD ban

17 April 2014 1:00 pm | By Tom Selby

Only Friends Life has confirmed it will reduce all member charges to active rate ahead of active member discount ban.

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L&G to pilot pensions guidance with LEBC and TPAS

17 April 2014 9:30 am | By Tom Selby

Results of guidance pilot will feed into the FCA’s consultation on retirement guidance.


Govt pensions guidance to include life expectancy estimates

17 April 2014 8:46 am | By Natalie Holt

Steve Webb says giving people an indication of how long they will live at retirement will help them make better financial decisions.

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F&TRC to launch auto-enrol and protection comparison service

17 April 2014 | By Samuel Dale

The comparison tool will be free to advisers and sold to providers.

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David White: Pension charge cap does nothing to boost employer engagement

16 April 2014

The charge cap is good news for pension savers but a failure to get employers to engage with auto-enrolment is putting the whole project at risk.


Billy Burrows: What will good advice look like post-Budget?

15 April 2014

The challenge is finding a way of explaining the complex options for many people who still want an income in retirement.


How state pension top-ups compare with buying an annuity

11 April 2014

New Class 3A National Insurance contributions appear to be odds with Government’s annuities claims.


Should pension providers stop talking to their customers?

11 April 2014 | By Tom Selby

It would be unreasonable and counter-productive to prevent pension companies from speaking to savers.

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Chris Gilchrist: Zombies win, clients and advisers lose

11 April 2014

The furore over the FCA review of zombie fund charges is a red herring, the real issues is the appalling standards of service.

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Are George Osborne's guidance plans unravelling?

10 April 2014 | By Paul McMillan

The service won’t be free, may not be impartial, probably won’t be face-to-face and definitely won’t be advice.

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Osborne urged to relax Sipp residential property investment rules

21 March 2014 | By Tom Selby

Call follows announcement that from April next year anyone who is aged 55 or over will be able to take their entire pension fund as cash.

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Friends Life imposes 21% fee hike on 2,000 Sipp investors

26 February 2014 | By Tom Selby

Decision comes in response to tougher Client Money and Asset Return regulations introduced by the regulator in 2011.

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Mattioli Woods profits rise 14% ahead of UK Reit launch

28 January 2014 | By Tom Selby

Pre-tax profits up from £2.52m to £2.86m during 2013.


Suffolk Life launches Sipp 'bypass trust'

24 January 2014 | By Tom Selby

Suffolk Life says trust will help advisers and investors with inheritance tax planning.

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Steve Webb set to propose auto-enrol charge cap of less than 1%

18 October 2013 8:29 am | By Tom Selby

Pensions minister said the Government will publish a consultation on the best way to ensure people are not auto-enrolled into higher charging schemes.

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NAPF hints at annuity broker launch

17 October 2013 4:59 pm | By Tom Selby

Chief executive Joanne Segars has hinted the trade body could move into the annuity broking market


B&CE calls for auto-enrol charging standardisation

17 October 2013 4:21 pm | By Tom Selby

The pensions industry has come under growing pressure from politicians and industry commentators.

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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.


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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Govt to confirm pension charge cap plans today

27 March 2014 8:39 am | By Tom Selby

Pensions minister Steve Webb will make a statement in the House of Commons later today detailing minimum quality standards for auto-enrolment.

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The Technical Quiz: 17 April

17 April 2014

To help you to keep up with the fundamentals of tax, retirement and financial planning, try answering these questions.


Lucian Camp: The toxic elements that led to annuities' downfall

10 April 2014

The Chancellor’s Budget speech has been greeted as a nail in the coffin of unpopular and poor value annuities but there is no ready replacement for the one product that can manage the complicated issue of longevity risk.

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Ned Cazalet: ‘We are on the threshold of a torrent of product development’

27 March 2014

Cazalet Consulting chief executive Ned Cazalet examines how the financial services landscape has been changed in the wake of the Budget.

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Are exotic Sipp investments an endangered species?

20 March 2014 | By Amanda Newman Smith

People can hold strange things in their Sipps but is this dying out due to caution among providers?

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