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FCA rules out mandatory drawdown advice

The FCA has raised concerns about savers moving into drawdown without advice, but says that it is unlikely to make seeing an IFA compulsory as those with smaller pension pots could be better served by online tools than full face-to-face advice. The regulator has published interim findings from its retirement outcomes review which found the […]

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Platforum: How the D2C platform market is evolving

We may hit peak oil before 2020 after which production goes into terminal decline. At Platforum’s recent D2C & Digital Investing conference, it was suggested by Econsultancy founder Ashley Friedlein that we have already hit peak CDO – the point at which the chief digital officer function is most prevalent in companies. Of course this […]

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CII exam marking queried as student repeatedly fails by 1 mark

A paraplanner has voiced frustration with the Chartered Insurance Institute’s computerised exam marking scheme after failing four exams by just one mark each. Financial Options Group paraplanner Simon McGovern says he wants to become a full adviser, and so sat the CII’s R01 and R04 exams. His first attempt at the R04 exam on pensions […]

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Bank of England warns of Brexit costs to asset managers

The Bank of England’s latest financial stability report has warned on the costs of asset management, alongside banking and insurance, rising following the UK’s exit from the EU. The report says: “If asset management were to fragment between the United Kingdom and Europe, material economies of scale and scope that are currently achieved by pooling of funds […]

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