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Profile: Openwork’s new chief on the dearth of advisers

When Openwork chief executive Mark Duckworth speaks about the drop in adviser numbers since the late 1980s the figures sound astonishing: 285,000 advisers serving a UK population of 50 million in 1989, compared with 23,000 advisers available for 64 million people today. Put another way, there are currently around 200,000 consumers for every adviser when, […]

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Conservatives to appoint Ros Altmann consumer protection minister

Ros Altmann is to be made a peer and appointed as a minister responsible for financial consumer protection and education, if the Conservatives are in government after the election. Altmann’s first task will be to lead a review of the pension reforms, including the future of the Money Advice Service and whether a charge cap […]

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Providers urge Govt to reverse annuity buy-back ban

Insurers are calling on the Government to reverse its decision to ban them from bidding to buy back their own annuities. They say people selling their annuities will lose out unless the Government U-turns on its plan. In th Budget Chancellor George Osborne launched a consultation on creating a secondary annuity market to allow pensioners […]

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Is Steve Webb under threat from Lib Dem polling crash?

Pensions minister Steve Webb may face an uphill battle to retain his seat in the Liberal Democrat stronghold of Thornbury & Yate after a Comres poll predicted support for the party in the South West is set to collapse. Webb was elected in 2010 with a majority of 14.8 per cent, and polls conducted by […]

Are your clients taking enough risk to meet their pension goals?

Robin Geffen, Fund Manager & CEO An over-reliance on ‘low volatility’ products could be seriously limiting returns for investors saving for retirement. Whilst risk awareness is vital in portfolio construction, in our view the biggest risk to pension savers is not portfolio volatility; it is the very real risk of a retirement funding shortfall. View […]

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