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DWP: Advice requirement puts ex-pat pension transfers at risk

Ex-pat pension savers are open to the risk of inappropriate pension transfers because of rules forcing them to take advice from a UK IFA, the Government has warned. Since the introduction of the pension freedoms, anyone with safeguarded pension benefits greater than £30,000 must take advice before transferring. In a consultation paper today, the Department […]

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Sipp firm London & Colonial bought for £5.4m

Sipp firm London & Colonial has been acquired by financial services business STM Group for £5.4m. The STM board says the acquisition will establish the company in the UK Sipp market and lead to £750,000 cost savings annually. The acquisition is expected to complete in December and £3.3m of the deal is being funded by […]

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European Parliament rejects Priips disclosure rules

The European Parliament has voted to reject the current regulatory technical standards for the implementation of Priips’ Key Information Document. The Commission and Council have now been called to discuss and possibly redraft the standards which could consequently delay Priips’ start date expected for December. The vote follows a recent debate in parliament which called […]

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A more personal approach to underwriting

Development Underwriter Toni Liddell talks about how changes to Royal London’s underwriting approach have resulted in products and services that better meet customers’ needs, including those with existing medical conditions. How would you describe Royal London’s approach to underwriting? Underwriting philosophy touches every part of our business – from product development through to claims. We […]

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