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New guidance body should signpost equity release, govt says

The government has shown support for the elderly being signposted to equity release as one of their financial options. Responding to the second report of 2017/19 of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into housing for older people, the government said the new Single Financial Guidance Body should include information on equity […]

Sipp provider to pay out over non-standard investments

The Financial Ombudsman Service has ruled in favour of five individuals who lost nearly £100,000 after transferring their pensions into non-standard investments using Sipps. In June, law firm Anthony Philip James & Co issued five cases against Sipp administrator Guinness Mahon Trust Corporation over allegations it worked with unregulated introducers to facilitate non-standard investments. In […]

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AFH chief executive: ‘We have no intention of slowing down on acquisitions’

AFH chief executive Alan Hudson on leading the industry’s most prolific advice firm consolidator After announcing four acquisitions in just two weeks earlier this month, AFH chief executive Alan Hudson knows the market has questions about the sustainability of the group’s success. AFH is becoming a mainstay of adviser-press headlines as it continues buying up […]

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Citizens Advice launches ‘super-complaint’ over longstanding customer treatment

Charity network Citizens Advice has lodged a ‘super-complaint’ with the Competition and Markets Authority as new research shows that longstanding customers are having to pay an extra £4bn a year. Citizens Advice looked across markets for savings and mortgages, as well as three other “essential” markets including home insurance, mobile and broadband, finding that British […]

Are your clients taking enough risk to meet their pension goals?

Robin Geffen, Fund Manager & CEO An over-reliance on ‘low volatility’ products could be seriously limiting returns for investors saving for retirement. Whilst risk awareness is vital in portfolio construction, in our view the biggest risk to pension savers is not portfolio volatility; it is the very real risk of a retirement funding shortfall. View […]

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