This year’s Budget statement confirmed that up to five million pensioners are to be given new flexibility to trade in their annuities for cash from next year. The rationale is to ensure that people who have already purchased an annuity have access to the same pension freedoms now in place for those approaching retirement. The […]
The Scottish National Party has warned that while it backs pension freedoms, it plans to identify and target “hidden” and “unfair” charges. In its election manifesto, published earlier today, the SNP says it backs the principle of giving pensioners more freedom over how to spend their retirement pot. However, the party warns: “We must ensure adequate […]
Consumer champions have branded the new Independent Governance Committees for contract-based schemes “retirement homes for financial services executives, actuaries and investment bankers”. But providers have hit back, claiming the committees provide greater consumer protection than trust-based schemes. The requirement for governance committees to be established for auto-enrolment schemes was introduced following the Office of Fair […]
In the early days of pension freedoms the influence of providers, rather the Government’s flagship Pension Wise service, is being brought to bear on savers. The latest Government figures show 1,800 people had booked appointments with Pension Wise, either over the phone with The Pensions Advisory Service or face-to-face with Citizens Advice, by the time […]
The Artemis UK Smaller Companies Fund has delivered good returns through the bull market. But its cautious style is better suited to the trickier times which could be coming, says manager Mark Niznik.
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