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Govt eyes pension freedoms for auto-enrolment

Radical plans to let employees overrule their employers on workplace pensions risk tearing up the rules around automatic enrolment, Money Marketing can reveal. The Government is exploring reforms that will see staff pick their own auto-enrolment scheme, with the aim of drastically reducing the number of small pension pots and at the same time boosting engagement among […]

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Advisers back smaller platform market

Two thirds of advisers say a smaller platform market would be good for the industry. A Money Marketing poll of 130 advisers reveals 67 per cent back platform consolidation, with 33 per cent against. Last week, Standard Life announced its acquisition of Axa’s Elevate platform, while L&G is thought to be close to a deal […]

Treasury urged to rethink Lifetime Isa bonus rules

The Treasury is being urged to rethink the way it pays the Lifetime Isa Government bonus so investors do not miss out on valuable investment returns. The Lifetime Isa, unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne in the March Budget, will allow investors under 40 to save up to £4,000 a year and receive a 25 per […]

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Kim North: Where are the TVAS providers?

I always enjoy judging the Money Marketing awards, as I learn about leading businesses and meet new contacts. Last week, we discussed with those shortlisted in the paraplanner category what their involvement with pension transfers is. I was surprised to hear there are so few providers that will offer suitability reports and transfer value analysis […]

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A tailored approach to protection

By Ian Smart, Product Architect, Royal London In an ideal world, clients would be able to afford as much protection cover as they wanted, but few would describe current times as anything approaching ideal. But this doesn’t mean that they have to indulge in an either/or decision that results in missing out on some essential […]

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