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Openwork renews deal with Newcastle Financial Advisers

Openwork has renewed a tie-up with Newcastle Financial Advisers for a further five years. Openwork, then called Zurich Advice Network, joined with Newcastle Financial Advisers, a subsidiary of Newcastle Building Society, in 2003. It then extended the contract in 2013. Newcastle Financial Advisers currently has 26 advisers. According to Openwork, it has been the network’s largest investment […]

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MPs call for FCA probe into face-to-face versus automated advice

The work and pensions select committee wants the FCA to compare consumer outcomes from face-to-face and automated advice. In the final report of its inquiry into pension freedom and choice, published today, the committee makes a number of recommendations it believes will help boost engagement around retirement options. The inquiry was launched in September last […]

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Pru adviser under fire over transfer value confusion

Prudential must compensate a customer whose transfer value was significantly reduced after a meeting with an in-house adviser. According to a Financial Ombudsman Service decision, the customer, called Mr L, was told on 2 March 2017 that the transfer value for his pension policy was £141,981. He met with a Prudential adviser, who recommended he […]

HMRC helping to remove artificial gains

An investment bond offers investors certain tax advantages, one of which is the ability to take partial surrenders from the investment. This facility allows the policyholder to withdraw amounts up to 5% of the amount invested each policy year on a tax deferred basis, without incurring any immediate tax liability. This tax deferred allowance can […]

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