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Providers face huge financial hit from pensions guidance

Providers face tens of millions of pounds in costs each year to run the pensions guidance service announced in the Budget and may be forced to run group sessions to prevent costs spiralling. Delivering his Budget speech last week, Chancellor George Osborne said members of defined contribution schemes “will be offered free, impartial, face-to-face advice” […]


James Priday on running an advisory business and a D2C platform in tandem

At just 26, Prydis Wealth director James Priday has plenty on his plate steering a growing financial planning business through turbulent times for the retail financial services sector. Not content with that challenge, in January, he launched a D2C investment platform, Strawberry Invest, as a standalone proposition. The name comes from the idea of picking […]


Providers and administrator clash over pension liberation concerns

Providers are blocking transfers to a pension scheme administered by Manchester-based Warwick & Eaton due to concerns the firm could be involved in liberation activity. Aviva, Friends Life, Legal & General, Scottish Widows and Standard Life are all refusing to allow members to join the SCCL scheme set up by Warwick & Eaton in August […]

Budget summary – March 2016

This week’s Budget looked as if it would be a difficult one for the Chancellor, with disappointing economic numbers and the need to avoid ruffling feathers ahead of June’s in/out referendum. Nevertheless, Mr Osborne did spring a few surprises, including some tax reductions. So how does this budget affect you? If you are – or […]


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