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FSA can’t give timescale for RDR transition

The FSA says the timescale to conform with the retail distribution review will depend on the final shape of the regulations.

Speaking on board the PIMS conference last week, FSA RDR associate William Tolmie told delegates not to worry about the transition process.

He said: “We are challenging firms to make the case for FSA action to implement their ideas in a way that deliver better outcomes for consumers and not to worry about the transition.

“We do not know what the transition period will be because we do not know what the end state will be. But we do recognise that transitional arrangements will be necessary, for example, because qualifications take time to acquire.

“One of the questions for tied and multi-tied advisers is what are the barriers to moving out of that intersection and into one of the two things either side? That is the kind of information that we need to analyse before the next stage of the review.”

Chartered Insurance Institute head of policy and public affairs David Thomson says: “We need a reasonable and a sensible transition period of between four and six years. Assuming the benchmark ends up being QCA level 4 or the CII diploma equivalent, we believe the FSA should allow four years for people to reach that level and a further two years for those who have not quite made it to continue to strive for the qualification under supervision.

“It is really important that the FSA gives a clear indication of when the starting gun is. October would be a sensible time to set out a timetable for the transition period as there is a danger to leaving it much longer as people need clarity.”


Less pain on gains

Last week, I looked at offshore trusts and the tax treatment of income arising under them and remitted from them when the settlor is a UK-resident non-UK domiciliary. I would now like to look at the matter of trust gains and how the new legislation relevant for non-domiciliaries operates.

Panel fears RDR will hit small firms

The Smaller Businesses Practitioner Panel has warned that the retail distribution review may force some small firms out of business and push up regulatory fees.

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What price (more) freedoms?

George Osborne will make his last Budget speech of the current parliamentary term this week, and the early media briefings suggest that pensions will again feature heavily in that statement. So what are we able to learn from the weekend’s coverage?


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