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Pensions Management Institute rejects NAPF merger

30 January 2015 4:13 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Pension manager trade body to remain independent.


Active DC member numbers pass DB for the first time

30 January 2015 2:29 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Auto-enrolment boosts DC membership beyond three million.


Providers 'committed' to with-profits following L&G exit

30 January 2015 2:07 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Increase in customers using with-profits in retirement, says LV=.

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Providers sticking to auto-enrol charge plans despite L&G cut

30 January 2015 9:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Rivals with minimum requirements say they have no plans to charge auto-enrol charging structures for SMEs.


L&G closes with-profits fund to new business

30 January 2015 9:30 am | By Natalie Holt

Move has been prompted by slump in post-RDR sales.

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Last line of defence: Pension guidance concerns remain despite FCA U-turn

30 January 2015 8:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Industry warns ‘second line of defence’ measures present new risks.


Providers in recruitment drive ahead of April pension revolution

29 January 2015 1:00 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Pension providers are pouring cash into customer services ahead of the “April surge”.


Age Partnership offers pension cash access for 1.25%

29 January 2015 9:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Equity release broker Age Partnership is to offer members of pension schemes access to their cash for a flat fee of 1.25 per cent.

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Auto-enrolment 'will increase risks of Budget reforms'

28 January 2015 2:56 pm | By Tessa Norman

A lack of engagement caused by auto-enrolment could stop consumers making the right decisions at retirement. 

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Surge in employer fines for auto-enrol non-compliance

28 January 2015 11:01 am | By Tessa Norman

The Pensions Regulator issued 166 fines in the final quarter of 2014. 

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Govt loosens DB pension transfer advice requirements

28 January 2015 9:54 am | By Tom Selby

The Government has loosened minimum advice requirements covering DB to DC pension transfers ahead of radical new freedoms coming into force in April.

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Pension freedoms 'second line of defence' extended to trust-based schemes

27 January 2015 4:21 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

DWP working Pensions Regulator to translate rules for trusts.


BlackRock survey: 40% of babyboomers not saving for retirement

27 January 2015 2:11 pm | By Beth Brearley

BlackRock’s babyboomer survey has revealed 40 per cent of those aged 55 to 74 have not started to save specifically for retirement.

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MAS directory excludes non-advised brokers

27 January 2015 12:00 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Pension scammers could take advantage of “mid market” people who don’t want full advice, experts warn.

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ABI promotes Yvonne Braun to long-term savings director role

27 January 2015 10:59 am | By Tom Selby

The Association of British Insurers has promoted Dr Yvonne Braun to director of long-term savings policy.


Mattioli Woods acquires £83m pension admin arm for £1

27 January 2015 9:28 am | By Natalie Holt

Deal to acquire the Torquil Clark portfolio of 140 Sipp and SSAS schemes completed last week.

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Pension scammers target savers following Budget bombshell

26 January 2015 1:17 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Savers three times as likely to be contacted by pension scammers now, compared to before the pension reforms were announced.

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Wary schemes to block millions from pension freedoms

26 January 2015 12:16 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

A fifth will help members switch schemes to access flexibilities.


Aviva: Advisers underestimating clients' life expectancy

26 January 2015 10:18 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Nationally-agreed life expectancy figures should be included in Pension Wise, says Aviva.

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Budget freedoms boost pensions appeal for under 30s

26 January 2015 9:56 am | By Sam Brodbeck

George Osborne’s reforms engaging more people in pensions, says Nest.

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Friends Life to pay redress after with-profits system failure

26 January 2015 8:41 am | By Tom Selby

Friends Life will pay redress to 1,200 with-profits customers after a ‘spot check’ revealed faults in the system used to calculate bonuses.

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Former Treasury financial secretary Mark Hoban to quit politics

23 January 2015 11:34 am | By Sam Brodbeck

MP who compared advisers to McDonalds staff to step down after 14 years.

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Slipping through the cracks: Experts warn Budget pensions splurge could hit state benefits

23 January 2015 8:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Savers on benefits are in danger of slipping through the cracks of the new pension freedoms by taking cash and losing their entitlements to state help.

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Report: Guaranteed drawdown key to meeting post-Budget demands

22 January 2015 11:57 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Investment products that give certainty of income as well as flexibility should be the winners from the new pension freedoms.

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L&G ditches £1k auto-enrol SME charge in online move

22 January 2015 11:55 am | By Sam Brodbeck

New schemes set up online within 30 mins.


Pension freedoms add 'layer of complexity' to divorce cases

22 January 2015 9:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Lawyers say new cash option makes divorce proceedings unpredictable.

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SJP adviser numbers surge as assets pass £50bn

22 January 2015 8:55 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Funds under management hit record £52bn.

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Tisa appoints former FundsNetwork boss as director general

22 January 2015 8:33 am | By Tom Selby

Industry trade body Tisa has named former Fidelity FundsNetwork boss David Dalton-Brown as director general.

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Under pressure: Is the pensions guidance service about to blow up?

22 January 2015 8:30 am | By Tessa Norman

Experts warn the Government’s guidance guarantee could be a two-tier service and appears unprepared for a spike in demand come April. 

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Regulator ramps up employer auto-enrol comms over compliance concerns

21 January 2015 12:37 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

TPR writes to 1.5 million employers to avert mass non-compliance.

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Pension funds press BP and Shell over climate change policy

21 January 2015 12:03 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Pension funds call for oil giants to diversify away from carbon business.


Govt warned over bulk pension transfer risks

21 January 2015 11:35 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Toby Strauss warns customers with guarantees would sue if moved out of high charging schemes.

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Key Retirement hires ex-Chase De Vere Mortgages director

21 January 2015 9:03 am | By Natalie Holt

Michael Schaefer has been appointed as chief operating officer.

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Scottish Widows hires 400 staff to cope with 'April surge'

21 January 2015 8:58 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Staff will talk through the implications of withdrawing cash and the dangers of not protecting against longevity.

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Citizens Advice names first pension guidance sites

20 January 2015 12:04 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

CAB reveals 44 office locations for face-to-face sessions.

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Aviva warns on impact of Sesame liabilities

20 January 2015 11:49 am | By Sam Brodbeck

But insurer says “allowing Sesame to fail” could also hit Aviva’s reputation.

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Aviva to cut 1,500 staff following Friends Life merger

19 January 2015 3:55 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Decision pending on which departments will be affected.


Survey reveals £200m rise in individuals' overpaid tax

19 January 2015 11:33 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Poor planning will lead to £4.9bn in overpaid taxes in 2015.

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Newton to launch multi-asset income fund for Flood and Clay

19 January 2015 11:12 am | By Michael Berry

BNY Mellon is launching the Newton Multi-Asset Income fund next month, with income manager Nick Clay and multi-asset manager Paul Flood at the helm.


Investors back Friends Life/Aviva mega merger

19 January 2015 10:33 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Shareholders give approval ahead of investor vote.

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