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Advisers blast ‘crazy’ Pension Wise ad ban

Advisers have lambasted “crazy” Government rules which have led to the withdrawal of TV advertising for Pension Wise in the months surrounding pension freedoms. The service was set up to provide guidance to customers unsure of their options under the new rules, which came into force this week. But advisers have warned that strict limits […]

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FOS rules against HSBC over rejecting mortgage based on age

The Financial Ombudsman Service has upheld a complaint against HSBC for unfairly rejecting a mortgage application on the grounds of age in the first case of its kind. The Sunday Times reports a couple in their forties, who do not wish to be named, were turned down when applying for a joint £250,000 interest-only loan […]

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‘Gloves are off’ as auto-enrol escalating fines bite

Advisers fear the first four escalating fines issued to employers by The Pensions Regulator are the tip of the iceberg as more than a million of the UK’s smallest firms prepare to auto-enrol staff for the first time. The regulator’s latest quarterly compliance bulletin shows it sent £400 fixed penalty notices to 198 employers in […]

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Garry Heath to launch adviser trade body

Former IFA Association director general Garry Heath is to launch a new adviser trade body, Money Marketing can reveal. The trade body will be open to wealth managers and independent and restricted advisers, and is set to launch next month.  Heath says there is a “considerable team” behind the organisation. He says: “We are going […]

What are the key changes to transform pensions?

By Fiona Tait, pensions specialist In her final article for Royal London, Fiona Tait reviews key changes she believes have transformed, or will transform, pensions. In my 12 years with Royal London I have been paid to review, study and explain the numerous changes to pension legislation which have transformed our industry in that time. This is […]

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