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Apfa writes to Govt over ‘unjustifiable’ hike in adviser fees

Apfa has written to the major political parties to urge a rethink of what it terms an “unjustifiable” 10 per cent increase in advisers’ FCA fees. In a paper on proposed fees published in March, the FCA said A13 advisers will pay £74.9m in 2015/16, up by 10 per cent from £68m in 2014/15. The […]

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Altmann turned down pensions minister job

Ros Altmann was offered the role of pensions minister by the Conservatives but turned it down, Money Marketing can reveal. Instead, Altmann will be made a peer and appointed minister responsible for financial consumer protection and education. Former pensions minister and LibDem Steve Webb lost his seat in today’s general election, leaving the Conservatives without […]

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Locking horns: Garry Heath clashes with Apfa over adviser trade body plans

The launch of a new trade organisation representing advisers has reignited the debate around the industry’s ability to lobby at the highest level. This week Money Marketing revealed how former IFA Association director general Garry Heath is launching a new trade body in May for wealth managers and independent and restricted advisers. Heath says Apfa […]

Pete Matthew launches paid-for personal finance courses

Jacksons Wealth Management managing director Pete Matthew has launched a website offering paid-for courses on personal finance. Matthew set up financial education site MeaningfulMoney five years ago, which offers videos and podcasts. Its podcasts receive over 500 downloads per day. Matthew has today launched Meaningful University, which is initially offering a four-week online course on […]

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England vs Australia: pensions

Well, the cricket season is here, and England and Australia are stepping up to the wicket. Although we compete with each other in the sporting world, when it comes to pensions, Australia’s pension programme is held up as a model for our auto-enrolment initiative. Auto-enrolment was introduced because people weren’t saving enough into their pensions, and it is still early days but signs are positive. However, in Australia, saving into a pension is compulsory, and in fact employers are the ones who have to pay in. Employees in Australia can make additional contributions into their pensions, but they don’t have to. Should the onus be on the employer or employee to save? Well in the UK we think it’s both, but to get ‘adequate’ savings for retirement it’s the employee who has to pay more in.

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