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Richard Freeman: Networks will survive and thrive

The news Sesame Bankhall is to close its investment adviser network has led some to call into question the network model and imply the directly authorised route is the only option for advisers. I allow myself a wry smile when I read these comments, which are often made by individuals who have enjoyed long careers […]

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FCA in talks with industry and lawyers on insistent clients

The FCA is in discussions with industry representatives and lawyers on its approach to insistent clients. Any saver who wants to ditch their defined benefit scheme for a defined contribution plan to take advantage of the new pension freedoms will be required to take advice before transferring. Industry experts have raised concerns that advisers who […]

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Think-tank: UK market still well suited to annuities despite pension freedoms

Despite the pension reforms the UK market remains well suited to annuitisation, influential think-tank the Pensions Policy Institute says. In a report, sponsored by the Investment Association and The People’s Pension, the PPI compares the UK system with Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the US. It says that despite the new freedoms – which allow […]

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