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Apfa fails to act on FSCS costs after calling for NAO audit

Apfa has failed to submit a request to the National Audit Office to review the costs of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, despite publicly calling for it almost two months ago. In February, Apfa published a press release calling on the NAO to conduct a value for money audit on the FSCS’s strategic projects. The […]

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GBST to power Just Retirement platform

Broking technology firm GBST Wealth Management is to power Just Retirement’s new simplified retirement platform. The advised-only platform has been developed following the introduction of pension freedoms earlier this month. It will allow customers to purchase an annuity as well as leave their pension invested in a low-risk “rainy day” fund. Just Retirement group communications director […]

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Andrew Montlake: Getting to grips with digital

Apart from the election (yawn), the last few weeks have been dominated by much talk around technology and its application in today’s world. As I sat and watched an inspiring Dimbleby lecture from the wonderful Martha Lane Fox, setting out her view of Britain’s digital future and rightly promoting the role of women in technology, […]

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Sue Whitbread: Don’t forget the paraplanners

Advisers and planners do not need to be reminded to fulfil CPD requirements if they wish to retain their Statement of Professional Standing. Making sure an effective training and competence plan is in place is a key part of successful business practice. But what about paraplanners? How many firms include paraplanners and support staff in […]

What exactly is product innovation?

By Fiona Tait, Pensions Specialist Ros Altmann reportedly hoped for more product innovation following pension freedom¹ and, according to one poll, 66 per cent of advisers also believe that providers should be doing more². This article considers whether there is a real client need for new products, or whether we should be focusing our attention on efficient delivery […]

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