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Aviva sells stake in Spanish JV for £226m

19 September 2014 2:02 pm | By Michael Glenister

Sale part of ongoing restructure.


Pension tax relief overhaul on the horizon despite No vote

19 September 2014 11:15 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Scottish tax powers could cause pension admin headaches.

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Does Nest need independent oversight once restrictions are scrapped?

19 September 2014 9:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Now: Pensions and The People’s Pension say an independent body should be established to monitor Nest.


Savers swap annuities for drawdown as Budget impact bites

18 September 2014 1:00 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

ABI figures reveal extent of loss of appetite for standard annuities.


HMRC eyes Budget flexibilities for QROPS

18 September 2014 11:21 am | By Sam Brodbeck

The Government is set to extend the Budget pension flexibilities to overseas savings vehicles after holding crunch talks with the industry.


Apfa: Guidance guarantee would cost advisers 5% of profits

18 September 2014 11:18 am | By Tessa Norman

Disproportionate cost for advisers undermines guidance proposals, says Apfa. 

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Just Retirement reports 19% profit rise despite Budget annuities hit

18 September 2014 8:35 am | By Tessa Norman

Annuity sales halved following the Budget in March. 

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Is Labour preparing to overturn George Osborne's pensions revolution?

18 September 2014 8:30 am | By Tom Selby, Samuel Dale

Insurers have held behind-closed-doors meetings about the political risk attached to Chancellor George Osborne’s pension revolution.

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SSAS customers risk devastating tax hit under new anti-liberation rules

17 September 2014 4:00 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Fit and proper test could catch out schemes without professional administrators.


ShareAction attacks ‘dangerously weak’ DC governance reforms

17 September 2014 12:26 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Charity warns new independent governance committees are conflicted and lack the power to hold providers to account.


Aegon launches multi-asset fund targeting Budget reforms

17 September 2014 11:31 am | By Michael Berry

Aegon has launched a new multi-asset income fund aimed at the post-pensions shake up retirement market.


Hornbuckle signs ten-year 'strategic alliance' with FNZ

17 September 2014 9:00 am | By Tom Selby

Deal will see the firm adopt platform-style capabilities for its pension customers.


Providers sign up to 'pension tracker' system

16 September 2014 11:50 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Friends Life, L&G and Zurich customers will have real time data on their pension pots.


US insurer opens UK asset management distribution office

16 September 2014 9:39 am | By Sam Brodbeck

TIAA-CREF opens asset management office in London.

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Pru: Group advice sessions could be ‘hugely beneficial’

16 September 2014 8:33 am | By Tom Selby

Insurance giant Prudential says group advice sessions could be “hugely beneficial” as a tool to help plug the UK savings gap.


AJ Bell director Eddie McGuire exits following restructure

15 September 2014 12:18 pm | By Tom Selby

AJ Bell client services director Eddie McGuire has left the firm following a restructure of the business.


AllianceBernstein launches 'lifetime' pension strategy

15 September 2014 10:15 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Default journey merges accumulation and decumulation products.


Aegon warns Budget guidance remit creates regulatory mismatch

12 September 2014 1:00 pm | By Michael Glenister

Aegon has raised fears regulatory arbitrage could see Budget guidance guarantee delivery partners MAS and TPAS able to go further than private sector providers.


Budget tax rules create small pots loophole

12 September 2014 9:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Experts say measures to stop people exploiting tax relief on pension contributions go against the logic of the Government’s effort to solve the problem of small pension pots.

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Aviva chair John McFarlane to join Barclays

12 September 2014 9:30 am | By Natalie Holt

McFarlane will replace Sir David Walker as chairman of Barclays in April

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MPs launch auto-enrolment inquiry after Budget overhaul

11 September 2014 5:30 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Report will assess implications of the Budget and plans for collective schemes.


Aegon set to join exodus if Scotland votes for independence

11 September 2014 4:30 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Insurer draws up plans for new life company registered in England.

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Engage Mutual and Family Investments set for £6bn merger

11 September 2014 1:49 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

New group would have over two million customers.


Labour peer: Treasury must set minimum qualification standards for guidance

11 September 2014 1:18 pm | By Steve Tolley

Labour peer Lord Kennedy says FCA’s expectation that those delivering guidance set their own standards is not good enough.

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Advisers hit back at calls for new pension withdrawal option to be scrapped

11 September 2014 1:00 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Advisers have urged policymakers to ignore calls from Aegon to scrap a new pension withdrawal option

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Annuity sales plummet 38% following Budget bombshell

11 September 2014 10:49 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Year-on-year sales nearly half, official ABI figures show.


Nest set for restructure

11 September 2014 9:45 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Redundancies are a possibility despite confirmation that restrictions on the scheme will be lifted.

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Double take: FOS reviews controversial Sipp ruling

11 September 2014 8:30 am | By Tessa Norman

FOS looks again at decision which has significant implications for advisers and Sipp providers.

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Advisers: Providers cherrypicking auto-enrolment business

10 September 2014 1:24 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Advisers critical of provider services as smaller employers reach staging dates.

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Standard Life sets out contingency plans ahead of Scottish independence vote

10 September 2014 11:34 am | By Tom Selby

The Edinburgh-based insurer has been outspoken about the uncertainty a Yes vote will create for the financial services sector.

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Could TPAS offer advice to support guidance guarantee?

10 September 2014 9:01 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Pensions expert says customers “won’t be happy” with the limits of the guidance guarantee.

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B&CE appoints new director of operations

9 September 2014 6:30 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Mann joins The People’s Pensions provider from JLT.


Fidelity: Just 6% plan to cash in entire pension pot post-Budget

9 September 2014 2:38 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Over a fifth will enter drawdown, according to Fidelity study.


Standard Life to close staff DB scheme

9 September 2014 1:14 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Employees will join revamped DC plan.

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Steve Webb: Labour Nest plans risk judicial review

8 September 2014 5:16 pm | By Tom Selby

LibDem MP warns removing restrictions before 2017 would leave Government open to a legal challenge from the pensions industry.

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Liberal Democrats set out pensions tax relief reform plans

8 September 2014 2:12 pm | By Steve Tolley

Party pledges to launch review on implications of introducing single rate of relief set above 20 per cent

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30% willing to pay for pension advice

8 September 2014 1:28 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Pensions top of savers’ list when speaking to advisers, report finds.

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Labour prepares fresh assault on Govt over Nest restrictions

8 September 2014 12:38 pm | By Steve Tolley

Documents from the European Commission raise questions over Government claims removing restrictions would “not be lawful”.


IFA firm Argyle appoints Standard Life's Webster as head of pensions

8 September 2014 11:35 am | By Pamela Morris

David Webster was previously workplace strategy business partner and head of commercial marketing at Standard Life.

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Govt confirms Nest restrictions to be scrapped in 2017

8 September 2014 10:14 am | By Steve Tolley

DWP announces “technical consultation” on removing annual contribution and bulk transfer restrictions from April 2017

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