Financial education

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PFS to launch free financial education programme for schools

The Personal Finance Society is set to launch a free nationwide financial education programme for schools this September. The initiative, called Education Champions, aims to help the PFS establish a link with every secondary school and college of further education in the country. It will build on the society’s existing discover fortunes programme, which uses […]

Industry failing to nudge people to consider pensions options

The financial services industry has failed to find ways of nudging consumers to think about their options at retirement, despite three years of pension freedoms. A panel at the Association of British Insurers retirement conference today lamented the way companies talk to people about pensions and the lack of engagement it inspires. ABI director general […]

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Pensions minister holds hope for new guidance body by winter

Pensions minister Guy Opperman is hoping the single financial guidance body will be established by winter. Opperman updated delegates at the ABI retirement conference today on how the guidance body is progressing. Currently the government is looking for a chair and chief executive who, once hired, will start looking at how the single guidance body combining […]

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Half of advisers think qualifications are too expensive

Half of advisers think qualifications are too expensive, according to a Money Marketing survey. Our latest reader poll shows that 57 per cent of respondents rated adviser qualifications as too expensive. 39 per cent said they were priced about right. Just five per cent responded saying they thought adviser qualifications were actually too cheap. The […]

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Pensions minister: My priorities to help advisers and savers

Pensions and financial inclusion minister Guy Opperman discusses the Government’s savings priorities in an exclusive op-ed for Money Marketing During my first few months as minister for pensions and financial inclusion, I’ve been struck by both how much we’ve achieved in recent years in helping people save for their retirement, and the challenges we must […]

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A golden opportunity to recruit new advisers

It won’t be a revelation to anybody that the financial advice sector is in dire need of new blood in order to survive. In fact, it’s been a consistent talking point throughout the two decades I’ve spent in this industry.  I’ve chosen to write about the subject for two reasons. Firstly, we’re getting dangerously close […]