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Profile: Openwork’s new chief on the dearth of advisers

When Openwork chief executive Mark Duckworth speaks about the drop in adviser numbers since the late 1980s the figures sound astonishing: 285,000 advisers serving a UK population of 50 million in 1989, compared with 23,000 advisers available for 64 million people today. Put another way, there are currently around 200,000 consumers for every adviser when, […]

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Just Retirement launches simplified advice service

Just Retirement has launched a simplified advice service for people with smaller pension pots in a bid to bridge the “advice gap” left by the RDR. The firm is offering the service initially through pension providers. Customers will be given personal recommendations over the phone on how to use their pension pot, including whether to […]

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Scottish Widows appoints head of bulk annuities

Scottish Widows has appointed a managing director of bulk annuities and investment strategy as part of a management shake-up. In October Lloyds Banking Group announced Scottish Widows would enter the bulk annuity market. It has now appointed Jeff Sayers, previously insurance divisional risk officer at Lloyds, to lead the proposition. Sayers joined Lloyds in 2013 […]

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Mega Merger: What does the £5.6bn Aviva/Friends Life deal mean for advisers?

The proposed £5.6bn mega-merger of Aviva and Friends Life will result in thousands of job losses and rock the foundations of the UK pensions, protection and investment industries, experts are predicting. Last week, the Aviva and Friends Life boards revealed detailed discussions on the biggest pension deal in years. The Friends Life board has indicated […]

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