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Corporate pension decision shelved

The RDR feedback statement has postponed any decision on how the proposals will affect the corporate pension market until 2009. Pension commentators have expressed concern that if RDR proposals on remuneration are not applied to the corporate market, then product providers could sidestep the proposals by writing individual pension business under group schemes.

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