In simple terms, estate planning is ensuring that when a client dies their assets pass on to their intended beneficiaries but while this is simple in theory, there are, in practice, a number of complications.
Standard Life’s UK life and pension sales increased by 15 per cent to £13,174m in 2007 but individual pension sales fell by 18 per cent to £782m compared with 2006.Standard Life released its new business results today and simultaneously announced the news that its UK financial services chief executive Trevor Matthews was leaving to take […]
Prudential’s UK business figures were flat last year at £897m compared with £900m in 2006.Retail sales rose by 4 per cent, from £688m to £715m, driven by strong growth in individual annuities, corporate pensions, with-profits bonds and lifetime mortgages.Pru says the business figures are in line with 2006 because the 2006 figure included £63m of […]
By Fiona Tait, pensions specialist In her final article for Royal London, Fiona Tait reviews key changes she believes have transformed, or will transform, pensions. In my 12 years with Royal London I have been paid to review, study and explain the numerous changes to pension legislation which have transformed our industry in that time. This is […]
Two separate complaints about the clarity of the FCA’s guidance and expectations on Gabriel reporting requirements have been quashed by the Complaints Commissioner. However, the FCA has been asked to waive a late return charge and been asked to make sure debt collection and fees processes on Gabriel reporting are clear. In his report today, […]
Their power over fund selection is only set to increase as more firms adopt centralised investment propositions Fund research and rating agencies have enjoyed a buoyant market in advice firms thanks to the post-RDR rise of centralised investment propositions. While a minority of advisers have chosen to outsource portfolio management, the majority are selecting funds […]
Clients that suffer ill health at a young age can access their pension if certain requirements are met With the recent news that we are not living longer after all, there are questions to be asked as to why this is. Life expectancy increases the older you get, as the fact you made it that […]