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Regulator focuses on release priorities

The FSA has identified key areas in a bid to improve the quality of equity-release advice. It will carry out mystery shopping this spring, assist firms to meet regulatory requirements and review lifetime mortgage and investment advice.

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BBB share deal aims to ease refinancing

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Auto-enrolment: tips for employers

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has released advice on communications for employers, including three tips to help you with your auto-enrolment duties. 1. Allow enough time to select your pension schemeIt’s recommended that you start to prepare for auto-enrolment at least 12 months in advance of your staging date; additionally, give yourself time to choose the […]

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