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Advisers have backed warnings that risk-profiling tools could represent a ‘ticking time bomb’ for the advice industry. Last week, The Platforum cautioned some investors and advisers were over reliant on risk-profile scores. Advisers say they fear some are also using risk profile tools to cut corners. Derbyshire Booth managing director Greg Heath says: “We would […]
Apfa is calling on the Government to allow local authorities to champion financial advice for long term care self-funders who they signpost towards regulated advice. Under the Care Act, local authorities will be required to signpost those who self-fund their long term care to a financial adviser. Under proposed guidance for councils on the requirement […]
Partnership saw individual annuity sales plummet in the first six months of the year as half-year profits dropped by over 40 per cent. Announcing its half-year results today, the enhanced annuity specialist revealed sales of individual annuities totalled £334m in the first six months of the year, a 41 per cent fall from £590m during […]
Almost two thirds of pension schemes think the Government’s guidance guarantee will not provide savers with enough support, according to a survey by Mercer. In March’s Budget, Chancellor George Osborne announced that savers would be able to take their entire pension pot as cash once they reach 55. Alongside this he pledged that everyone would […]
A survey conducted by Johnson Fleming at the Pension & Benefits Show 2014 highlighted the key challenges faced within organisations post auto-enrolment. The results showed that communicating the changes and the value of them to staff, and receiving timely data from the payroll provider proved to still be the most challenging aspects of managing an auto-enrolment scheme.
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Pensions minister Guy Opperman is hoping the single financial guidance body will be established by winter. Opperman updated delegates at the ABI retirement conference today on how the guidance body is progressing. Currently the government is looking for a chair and chief executive who, once hired, will start looking at how the single guidance body combining […]
The FCA’s recent discussion paper, DP18/2: Transforming Culture in Financial Services, focused heavily on how to drive cultural change within an organisation. A number of the paper’s contributors highlight that focusing solely on senior management behaviour and the ‘tone from the top’ overlooks the complexity of organisational culture and the role all employees have in […]
Jupiter Asset Management is concerned markets could see further volatility in the latter part of 2018, while the strength of the dollar could also threaten global growth. Speaking at Jupiter Asset Management’s annual investment dinner last night, fund manager Ariel Bezalal said: “Our concern is that what we had in February with the shocking rise in […]