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Scott Gallacher: The painful truth about insistent clients

One of the many unintended consequences of the new pension freedoms is that, while technically people can cash in their pensions, the reality is most providers are unwilling to carry the can should things go wrong. This is most problematic with defined benefits schemes, where the existing scheme will not facilitate encashment. Instead, members must […]

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Convicted fraudster sentenced to extra four years

A convicted fraudster has been sentenced to an additional four years in prison by Westminster Magistrates’ Court after failing to make any payments towards a £364,000 fine, following an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. In April 2012, US national Brian O’Brien was extradited and convicted for his part in a £4m boiler room fraud. […]

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Profile: ‘The future of advice will be more telephone and web-based’

Interrupting clients who were busy watching Coronation Street or bathing their children prompted Rochester-based adviser Jamie Smith-Thompson to establish a telephone-based advice business. The Portal Financial managing director was working as a self-employed adviser, generating his own prospective clients and trying to arrange face-to-face appointments with them when he had his Eureka moment. “I was […]

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Ros Altmann confirmed as pensions minister

Prime minister David Cameron has confirmed Ros Altmann is to be pensions minister, days after she told Money Marketing she had turned down the role. Prior to the election Altmann said she would be minister responsible for consumer protection and education. She said she did not want to be pensions minister because she thought she […]

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