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NAPF pushes for workplace delivery of money guidance

The National Association of Pension Funds says it welcomes the recommendation of a money guidance service, including an emphasis on the workplace as a delivery avenue.

The NAPF says it has found that face-to-face group meetings are the preferred method for receiving information about retirement planning.

Chief executive Joanne Segars says the introduction of money guidance is a welcome and much needed innovation.

She says: “We are particularly heartened that the workplace is seen as a key part of the proposed new service. The NAPF’s experience through its PENSIONSFORCE service has shown that face-to-face meetings are a popular and effective means of communicating financial issues that can prompt people into action.”


Financial education in school will cut need for generic advice, says AIC

The Association of Investment Companies has welcomed the Thoresen Review but is calling on the Government to invest the same resources in implementing financial education in schools.AIC research among parents and teachers reveals that nine out of ten parents and teachers think personal finance education should be taught at school, and of these 50 per […]

Get with the CAR programme

I disagree fundamentally with the opinions of certain parties that CAR will not remove product bias or that it is merely a dressed-up form of commission. Of course, some people will always argue that any form of remuneration for advice or sales that is built into a product’s charges and, by one mechanism or another, […]

Sugar and spice

Commodities occupy a special place in the construction of investment portfolios but many investors have not had adequate exposure to this important asset class. One of Britain’s biggest pension consultants, Watson Wyatt, argued that big pension funds should hold only 20 per cent of their portfolios in equities and invest heavily in alternative assets, such as commodities. It could be argued that this theory also makes sense for retail investors.

Mark Hoban

Conservative Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mark Hoban is a Tory through and through – joining the Young Conservatives aged just 16.


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