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SMEs call for auto-enrol staging date delay in wake of Budget

24 October 2014 1:59 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

SMEs want their staging dates pushed back while legislation is outstanding.

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Scottish Widows extends initial commission on pension transfers

24 October 2014 1:30 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Advisers will be able to earn commission up until April 2016.


MPs press Treasury over £20bn pension tax loophole

24 October 2014 1:24 pm | By Samuel Dale

Corporate Adviser editor John Greenwood clashed with pensions minister Steve Webb.

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Lack of guidance backstop 'massive threat' to Budget pension reforms

24 October 2014 10:00 am | By Tessa Norman, Sam Brodbeck

Regulator has come under fire for saying there will be no second line of defence for consumers.

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ABI raises concerns over limited FCA guidance rules

24 October 2014 8:31 am | By Samuel Dale

Trade body says customers of retirement products should be asked the same questions and aware of the same risks.

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Watch Webb clash with CA editor in Bill committee session

23 October 2014 5:25 pm

Pension minister Steve Webb and other MPs grilled Corporate Adviser editor John Greenwood over the new pension flexibilities in a combative session before the Pensions Scheme Bill Committee this afternoon.


Advisers warned over auto-enrolment charge cap dodge

23 October 2014 3:00 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Advisers should beware of providers trying to dodge the charge cap on default pension funds by opening new schemes


MG Rover scheme agrees £8m deal to escape PPF

23 October 2014 1:42 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

£8m settlement secures member benefits.

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Should the MAS be scrapped? Jackie Spencer and Martin Bamford go head-to-head

23 October 2014 1:37 pm

This week’s Money Marketing cover story focuses on the future of the Money Advice Service.

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Govt criticised over 'harsh' Budget freedoms disclosure penalties

23 October 2014 1:00 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Experts say the Government must rethink a new requirement for individual pension scheme members to alert providers when they access the Budget pension freedoms.

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Savers breaking Budget pension disclosure rules face thousands in fines

23 October 2014 12:16 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Bill for late submission of information could be £60 a day.

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Steve Webb: Providers should not block DB transfers

23 October 2014 9:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Pensions minister says individuals’ choice is of most importance.

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Experts slam 'crazy' Steve Webb plan to unwind annuities

23 October 2014 | By Samuel Dale

Pensions minister Steve Webb wants to unwind existing annuity products before the Budget

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Govt urged to conduct wholesale auto-enrolment contributions review

23 October 2014 | By Tom Selby, Sam Brodbeck

The Government is considering ditching the link between the automatic enrolment earnings trigger and income tax next year

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Wells Street Journal: Flare-up as pensions crowd crosses locals

23 October 2014

Liverpool is not a city known for its shy and retiring inhabitants. You’d think this knowledge would have led to delegates at last week’s NAPF annual conference winding their necks in but it seems no one told several members of one of the world’s leading banks.


Short service refunds scrapped by October 2015

22 October 2014 1:44 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Refunds only available within the first month of pension contributions, down from two years

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Over half of auto-enrol investigations uncover breaches

22 October 2014 12:30 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

The Pensions Regulator has found that 58 per cent of non-compliance investigations found potential or actual breaches.

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JPM's Berens: Most fund groups not ready for pensions reforms

21 October 2014 4:11 pm | By Beth Brearley

JPMorgan Asset Management’s Jasper Berens says the industry is not currently well positioned to deal with the implications of the pension reform.

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'Time is running out': ABI presses Treasury for more guidance details

21 October 2014 3:31 pm | By Samuel Dale

he Government has published a list of amendments to the Pension Schemes Bill today.


Steve Webb presses FCA on pensions guidance safeguards

21 October 2014 12:06 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Regulator says it has powers to take early action on “flaky” post-retirement products.


TPAS estimates 25% take-up of pensions guidance next year

21 October 2014 11:54 am | By Samuel Dale

TPAS set out details of how it will deliver pensions guidance from next April.

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Govt reveals tough new sanctions for pensions guidance fraudsters

21 October 2014 10:38 am | By Tom Selby

Anyone caught impersonating the Government’s “guidance guarantee” risks being hit with a fine or a jail sentence.

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Data protection may be stumbling block for guidance guarantee

21 October 2014 9:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Rules restricting the sharing of personal data may block early intervention plans from guidance providers, experts are warning.


Equity release lending surges past £1bn in 2014

21 October 2014 8:35 am | By Tom Selby

The total value of equity release lending increased by almost a third year-on-year in the third quarter.

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Pensions Ombudsman steps down two years early

20 October 2014 3:50 pm

DWP also seeking new deputy Pensions Ombudsman.


Advisers call for MAS to be scrapped after pensions guidance snub

20 October 2014 11:40 am | By Samuel Dale

The Treasury has axed the Money Advice Service from delivering pensions guidance next year.

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A third of DB members to exit post-Budget

20 October 2014 11:01 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Actuaries predict one in three members will leave DB schemes in search of new flexibilities.

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Treasury axes MAS from delivering pensions guidance

18 October 2014 8:00 am | By Samuel Dale

The Pensions Advisory Service and Citizens Advice will deliver the guaranteed guidance sessions.

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Experts slam 'crazy' Steve Webb plan to unwind annuities

17 October 2014 4:13 pm | By Samuel Dale

Pensions minister Steve Webb wants to unwind annuity deals agreed before the Budget.

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Experts pour cold water on proposal to scrap NICs

17 October 2014 2:00 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

A think-tank’s proposal to combine National Insurance and income tax is laudable but likely to be thwarted by lack of political will.

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TUC: Pensions governance committees will be 'toothless'

17 October 2014 2:00 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Trade union hits out at proposals to boost governance for contract-based pension schemes.

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Cofunds launches self-direct Sipp product

17 October 2014 12:51 pm | By Sam Macdonald

The platform says the move has been made to offer its self-directed intermediaries a Sipp product.


Govt excludes 'defined ambition' schemes from 0.75% pensions charge cap

17 October 2014 12:34 pm | By Tom Selby

DWP confirms it plans to press ahead with a 0.75 per cent price ceiling for workplace schemes in April 2015.


Pensions minister calls for ability to 'unwind' pre-Budget annuities

17 October 2014 9:42 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Steve Webb argues people should be able to turn contracts back into cash.

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Exit blocked? Providers shun 'insistent' DB transfers amid regulatory fears

17 October 2014 8:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Some people will find their paths to George Osborne’s pension freedoms blocked by providers unwilling to take on DB transfers.

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FCA: There will be no 'backstop' to guidance guarantee

16 October 2014 4:19 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Savers who spurn the offer of free retirement guidance and help from their pension provider will be left to their own devices.

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Consumer Panel raises concerns over ‘high-risk’ Sipps

16 October 2014 3:00 pm | By Tessa Norman

Panel raises concerns with FCA board over Sipp advice.

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Regulator prepares for crackdown on 'unacceptable' auto-enrolment non-compliance

16 October 2014 2:13 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

TPR expecting greater numbers of firms failing to meet their auto-enrolment duties.


Half of retirees have no plan for pension freedoms

16 October 2014 2:09 pm | By Samuel Dale

One-third of those surveyed will use a regulated adviser to access new freedoms.


FOS ruling on HSBC could open 'can of worms' on trail commission

16 October 2014 1:00 pm | By Samuel Dale

The Financial Ombudsman Service has ordered HSBC to repay trail commission

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