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FCA warns advisers over auto-enrolment commission ban dodge

30 October 2014 3:43 pm | By Tom Selby

Regulator believes some firms are looking to replace commission payments with other forms of remuneration, such as adviser charging.

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Self-employed workers abandoning pensions

30 October 2014 11:36 am | By Sam Brodbeck

ONS stats show rapid decline in self-employed pensions as workplace membership rises.

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Amps divided over FCA Sipp cap ad judicial review

30 October 2014 10:00 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Over 70 per cent of members backed action against the regulator.

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Isa boom pushes SJP to record funds under management

30 October 2014 9:10 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Funds under management at St James’s Place Wealth Management hit a record high at £49.1bn in Q3.

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Aviva UK life arm returns to growth as VNB rises

30 October 2014 9:00 am | By Tom Selby

Value of new business written during Q3 up 18 per cent.

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Harsh fines and DB transfer confusion could hit Budget pension freedoms

30 October 2014 8:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Stringent new rules for savers flexibly accessing their pensions are the latest grit in the oyster of the Budget reforms.

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Labour raises pressure on Govt over £2bn pensions tax leakage

29 October 2014 3:58 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

MPs ‘profoundly worried’ about potential missing £2bn from Treasury coffers.

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Concerns over plans to repay mortgages with pension funds

29 October 2014 10:58 am | By Devraj Ray

More than half a million people in England plan to use part or all of their pension to repay their mortgage debt.

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Standard Life boosted by Ignis acquisition but annuity sales hammered

29 October 2014 9:36 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Assets under management and fee revenue pushed higher by purchase of asset manager.

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Steve Webb 'deeply concerned' over mortgage lenders' pensions stance

29 October 2014 8:00 am | By Tessa Norman

Pensions minister “deeply concerned” some lenders are penalising pension savers. 

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Employers hit with first penalties for auto-enrol non-compliance

28 October 2014 3:23 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Three firms fined £400 each by The Pensions Regulator.

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US allows savers to default into annuities to boost take-up

28 October 2014 2:04 pm | By Samuel Dale

The United States is trying to encourage more people to buy annuities.

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Treasury windfall of £1.6bn as 200,000 plan to cash in pensions

28 October 2014 8:54 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Research suggests 12 per cent of DC savers will take advantage of Budget freedoms from April.

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Experts warn 'reckless' Govt over flood of DB transfers

27 October 2014 4:11 pm | By Samuel Dale

Cass Business School Professor David Blake is heading a Labour taskforce into pensions.

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Amps launches judicial review into FCA Sipp cap ad rules

27 October 2014 12:35 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Sipp and Ssas trade body challenges regulator over ‘unlawful’ consultation.

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LV= sees post-Budget with-profits boost

27 October 2014 12:26 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

With-profits sales are up 62 per cent from £69m to £112m. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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