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Standard Life boss: ‘No reason’ for advisers to abandon Elevate platform

Standard Life says there is no reason for advisers to abandon Axa’s Elevate platform after Standard Life completed its acquisition of the platform today. The acquisition was confirmed in May and will almost double Standard Life’s customer base, bringing over 160,000 to the business, and raising total numbers to 350,000. Speaking to Money Marketing, Standard Life […]

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Sipp transfers more than double on pension freedoms

The number of pension to Sipp transfers increased by 115 per cent between March 2014 and March 2016, data from Origo suggests. Transfers into other types of pensions are up 74 per cent over the same period. Pension to annuity transfers dropped 77 per cent, but are projected to move back up by around 14 […]

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Aegon joins providers calling for more partial DB transfers

Aegon has added its name to a list of providers calling for more employers to accept partial transfers out of defined benefit schemes. While there is currently a statutory right to transfer a pension to another scheme, this right does not apply to partial transfers. The option of a partial transfer has been available since […]

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Paul Lewis: Paradox time in new state pension land

Here is an investment I promoted on my radio show recently. You pay £733 and in return you get a guaranteed annual income of £231 for life, index-linked by prices, earnings or 2.5 per cent, whichever is the highest. Isabel wrote in: “I asked my financial adviser but he didn’t know anything about it”. I […]

What triggers the MPAA?

Jim Grant – Senior Product Insight & Technical Support Analyst There’s sometimes confusion around what triggers the money purchase annual allowance. Find out what does and what doesn’t trigger the MPAA. The money purchase annual allowance (MPAA) is a reduced annual allowance that can apply to contributions to defined contribution (DC) schemes. The following table […]

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