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Adrian Boulding: Advisers should not feel threatened by default drawdown

The work and pensions committee’s recent recommendation that drawdown providers offer a 0.75 per cent charging ‘default decumulation pathway’ by April 2019 has hit the headlines. The idea is that it will protect disengaged customers who may make poor investment and decumulation choices. Either trustees or independent governance committees would choose both a default fund […]

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FCA policy chief: We can’t force people to save

The FCA’s policy director has said that the regulator will not “force individuals to save their own money” as it lines up a new joint pensions strategy with The Pensions Regulator. Speaking at a seminar outlining the FCA’s approach to the new strategy, for which it is currently seeking industry feedback, David Geale said that […]

Behind the numbers: Do quality stocks offer an advantage during times of stress?

Quality stocks offer an appealing combination of defensive characteristics and potentially superior returns, but valuations are driven by greed and fear Recent market vulnerabilities have got many investors rethinking their exposures. What role do defensive assets play if interest rates rise? Is the downside risk unpalatable? Could it be better to seek safety in higher […]

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Savers over-taxed £280m on pensions since freedoms

Savers have been over-taxed more than £280m since the start of the pension freedoms, new figures from HM Revenue & Customs show. According to a newsletter published this week from HMRC, in the first quarter of the year more than £22m had to be repaid to those making flexible withdrawals from their pensions. Since the […]

Creating opportunity out of change

By Denise Wond, marketing manager The buy-to-let market has recently been the subject of a raft of tax changes, all of which make it a less profitable and less appealing proposition for investors. In response, we’ve seen a dip in demand for BTL mortgages and that’s bad news for many advisers who will now be looking […]

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