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Phoenix signs up to Just Retirement simplified advice service

Closed book insurer Phoenix is the first provider to sign up to Just Retirement’s new simplified advice service. The deal means retiring customers who do not have an adviser will be able to get personal recommendations over the phone on how to use their pension pot, including whether to keep their funds invested, take lump […]

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Attivo to require all advisers and paraplanners to take level 6 qualification

Chartered firm Attivo will require all of its advisers and paraplanners to be qualified to level 6 by the end of 2016. The financial planning and investment management group is launching a training academy and will require all client-facing staff to do at least 70 hours of continuing professional development each year. Attivo currently has […]

Lifecycle links the distribution chain

The mortgage advice industry is  now in far better shape than it was just a few years ago but when it comes to innovation I cannot help feeling it is the poor relation compared with the investment advice market. There is far less competition in terms of leading-edge solutions to meet consumers’ needs. While investment […]

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Lib Dems unveil £2,000 ‘Help to Rent’ loans plan

The Liberal Democrats have unveiled a new campaign pledge to help young working adults rent their own homes with government-backed loans. People will be able to borrow up to £1,500, or £2,000 in London, to go towards a tenancy deposit in England. Borrowers need to be between 18 and 30, in paid employment and not […]

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England vs Australia: pensions

Well, the cricket season is here, and England and Australia are stepping up to the wicket. Although we compete with each other in the sporting world, when it comes to pensions, Australia’s pension programme is held up as a model for our auto-enrolment initiative. Auto-enrolment was introduced because people weren’t saving enough into their pensions, and it is still early days but signs are positive. However, in Australia, saving into a pension is compulsory, and in fact employers are the ones who have to pay in. Employees in Australia can make additional contributions into their pensions, but they don’t have to. Should the onus be on the employer or employee to save? Well in the UK we think it’s both, but to get ‘adequate’ savings for retirement it’s the employee who has to pay more in.

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