FCA continues workshops for DB transfer advice firms

The FCA has said it will continue its UK-wide workshop series on financial advice and defined benefit pension transfers. In a newsletter yesterday, the watchdog confirmed it would push ahead with more “Live and Local” interactive events for representatives of regulated firms with DB transfer permissions. The sessions will feature case studies and practical examples, […]

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Advisers ditch online CPD in favour of events

Advisers prefer to fulfill their continuing professional development requirements by attending events rather than engaging with online learning materials, research from Prudential shows. The Prudential Adviser Barometer shows 60 per cent of respondents said events was the best format for CPD last year, rising to 63 per cent this year. While 44 per cent were […]

Platforms criticised for launching before they are ready

Platforms have been critcisied for going ahead with technology upgrades knowing that they would not be ready to roll them out. Speaking at an event by consultancy the Lang Cat yesterday, principal Mark Polson said that the firm had encountered a number of projects in recent years where, despite knowing there could still be flaws […]

FCA register puts ‘integrity of data’ as priority

FCA chief executive Andrew Bailey says the watchdog’s main priority for its register will be the accuracy of data displayed about individuals. In a letter to MP Nicky Morgan, Bailey responded to comments Morgan made in the Daily Telegraph that the Treasury select committee would raise the issue of the register when the FCA next […]

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Police end investigation into head of international pensions firm

Police have ended their investigation into the chief executive of cross-border pensions provider STM Group. A statement from the Aim listed firm – which hit headlines again recently for acquiring a majority stake in embattled Sipp provider Carey Pensions – says that “no further action” will be taken against boss Alan Kentish. Royal Gibraltar Police […]