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Providers mandate advice on internal pension transfers

Providers are demanding customers take advice before transferring from old to modern schemes to access the new pension freedoms. Advisers are already being used by the Government as a defence against people making poor retirement decisions. The Government has said people must take advice before transferring out of defined benefit schemes. An FCA consultation published […]

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Looming threat: Is the FCA going over the top on EU’s Mifid II rules?

The FCA has been accused of “gold plating” European rules and imposing onerous costs on advisers after proposing firms record all client conversations. As the regulator fires the starting gun on implementing the EU’s recast markets in financial instruments directive, experts warn the legislation will have significant implications for advisers. Last month, the FCA published […]

We shouldn’t still be debating rights and wrongs of commission

So here we are – over two years into the RDR and yet still debating the rights and wrongs of commission, and whether it has a place in the new world of pension freedoms. It is bizarre that we find ourselves in this position. The driving force of the RDR was getting rid of bias, […]

Out of context: CII

Out of context

“I’ll batter him until he picks up the phone” Chartered Insurance Institute director of communications David Ross goes to extreme lengths to force the CII’s head of learning Simon Graham into returning an MM hack’s call. “Who’s Andy?” Aviva press officer struggles to recall former Friends Life chief (and new Aviva UK life boss) Andy […]

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India: Modi, reform and the oil price fall

Nearly 12 months since sweeping to power, prime minister Narendra Modi has overseen a significant turnaround in India, which is now on track to become one of the most pro-growth, pro-investment economies in Asia. While the market has rallied 48 per cent over the last year in response to Modi’s reform agenda, what is the potential for further progress?

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