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Tom Kean: Confused regulation is holding back advisers

I like to think one of the skills that makes me a decent adviser is the ability to convert complex, illogical and sometimes-opaque notions into bite-sized snippets of information clients might understand. Thirty years in the job has led me to accept, although we live and breathe our subject, that is simply not the case […]

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FCA orders skilled persons reports for eight advice firms over insistent clients

The FCA has ordered eight advice firms to carry out skilled persons reports in relation to insistent clients following a thematic review on pension transfers, Money Marketing understands. A skilled persons report, also known as a Section 166 report, checks for weaknesses or failings in a firm’s practices. The review can result in enforcement action […]

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Drawdown customers risk losing out from ‘mortality drag’, report warns

Advisers must explain how ‘mortality drag’ means funds in drawdown must produce increasingly higher returns to match an annuity, a report claims. The paper, written by Retirement Intelligence director Billy Burrows for Partnership, warns that the “invisible force” of mortality drag means drawdown becomes less attractive relative to an annuity as a customer ages. Mortality […]

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Providers urge Govt to reverse annuity buy-back ban

Insurers are calling on the Government to reverse its decision to ban them from bidding to buy back their own annuities. They say people selling their annuities will lose out unless the Government U-turns on its plan. In th Budget Chancellor George Osborne launched a consultation on creating a secondary annuity market to allow pensioners […]

Tax year-end planning for annual allowance

Last tax year-end there was a lot to think about in relation to planning. The introduction of the tapered annual allowance and the implications of moving to a fixed pension input period, the reduction in the lifetime allowance and potentially applying for protection, and the concern about changes to tax relief, to name a few. […]

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