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FOS pension freedom complaints on the rise

The number of customers approaching the Financial Ombudsman Service with complaints over pension freedoms is rising, Money Marketing can reveal. A Freedom of Information request submitted by Money Marketing shows between July 2015 and February 2016 there were 848 new enquiries to the FOS relating to the freedoms. These include complaints where customers claim they […]

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New Investment Association boss faces ‘very difficult job’ ahead

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Guide: reporting to the Pensions Regulator — what and when?

Johnson Fleming has published a step-by-step guide demonstrating the importance of record keeping and reporting, and how it can ensure you operate a successful scheme. The guide takes you through some key questions you need to ask and identifies the information you need to obtain. The topics include: why you need to keep records and the benefits of doing this; registering your scheme; what information you need to record to ensure you meet the Pensions Regulator’s requirements; and what items need to be recorded and when.

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