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Conservatives to appoint Ros Altmann consumer protection minister

Ros Altmann is to be made a peer and appointed as a minister responsible for financial consumer protection and education, if the Conservatives are in government after the election. Altmann’s first task will be to lead a review of the pension reforms, including the future of the Money Advice Service and whether a charge cap […]

Compliance tip of the week: Vulnerable clients a certainty

It is easy to dismiss the need to deal with vulnerable clients as at the fringes of advice, not something really applicable to you. But with one in five of us likely to develop dementia, and one in four of us suffering from some form of mental illness at any one time, it is inconceivable […]

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Drawdown customers risk losing out from ‘mortality drag’, report warns

Advisers must explain how ‘mortality drag’ means funds in drawdown must produce increasingly higher returns to match an annuity, a report claims. The paper, written by Retirement Intelligence director Billy Burrows for Partnership, warns that the “invisible force” of mortality drag means drawdown becomes less attractive relative to an annuity as a customer ages. Mortality […]

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Tribunal upholds investor’s claim over £383k tax bill

Investors who have overpaid tax when drawing money from investment bonds could reclaim it through the courts following a ruling in favour of an investor who was landed with a £383,000 tax bill. The Upper Tribunal ruled in favour of Joost Lobler last week after he challenged HM Revenue & Customs over the bill. Lobler […]

Stop the cold-calling

Royal London is pleased to support the petition calling for a ban on cold-calling for pension and investment products. The petition, launched by IFA Darren Cooke of Red Circle Financial Planning and hosted on the Parliamentary website, calls on the Government to ban cold-calling for pensions and investment products. A similar ban is already in force […]

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