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Openwork launches chartered status study programme

Openwork is launching a study programme for advisers looking to attain chartered status. The Route to Chartered Status programme is open to principals, advisers and paraplanners. It will initially deliver face-to-face support at Openwork’s headquarters in Swindon, and subject to demand will offer face-to-face courses at a number of additional locations. Each advanced study module […]

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Drawdown customers risk losing out from ‘mortality drag’, report warns

Advisers must explain how ‘mortality drag’ means funds in drawdown must produce increasingly higher returns to match an annuity, a report claims. The paper, written by Retirement Intelligence director Billy Burrows for Partnership, warns that the “invisible force” of mortality drag means drawdown becomes less attractive relative to an annuity as a customer ages. Mortality […]

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Wells Street Journal: Comic meets pensions expert in Twitter brawl

Irish funnyman Dara Ó Briain waded into an unexpected Twitter brawl with Fidelity Worldwide Investment retirement director Alan Higham last week, with the pair exchanging blows on tax. Ó Briain, a panel show heavyweight and host of maths programme School of Hard Sums, made a daring foray into the technical world of pensions legislation, slamming […]

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Is Shell/BG merger a catalyst event or natural market evolution?

The £47bn merger of Royal Dutch Shell with BG Group could be one of the biggest of the past 10 years, with the resulting company having a value of more than £200bn.  If the deal goes through, the combined company would be worth 9 per cent of the FTSE 100 and around 7.5 per cent of […]

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Three million missing out on workplace pension contributions

Steve Webb, Director of Policy and External Communications, Royal London  New analysis by mutual insurer Royal London has found that over three million people working for larger employers are failing to take up around £2bn a year which their employers have offered to contribute to their workplace pension schemes. In many workplaces, workers pay a […]

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