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Standard Life: Make partial DB transfer advice mandatory

Standard Life says the proposal would see a move away from the current “all or nothing” approach

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Standard Life says advisers should have to weigh up the benefits of a partial transfer as part of new defined benefit pension advice rules.

The provider has called for partial transfers to be a mandatory requirement in the FCA’s upcoming DB pension regulations, saying it would offer more flexibility to customers and move away from the current “all or nothing” approach.

The FCA published its consultation paper on advising on pension transfers in June which proposes, among other things, removing guidance that asks advisers to assume defined benefit transfers are unsuitable.

FCA proposes scrapping assumption DB transfers are unsuitable

Standard Life financial planning propositions head Alastair Black says: “The FCA consultation is an important exercise in reaffirming good practice which we absolutely welcome. We would like to see it go that bit further and use the opportunity to embed the value of partial transfers in the regulations, so that a partial transfer must always be considered as an option for consumers during the advice process.”

Black says: “We recognise that some schemes offer this and others don’t and that’s down to the decision of scheme trustees. Embedding the requirement in the DB regulations on advice for it always to be considered as an option, will ensure it is used appropriately where available.”

He adds: “If partial DB to DC is more embedded in the advice process, we would expect to see more people deciding to opt for a mix of guaranteed and flexible income at retirement, rather than facing an all or nothing stalemate.”

The future of DB transfers will be debated at Money Marketing Interactive, held at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate on 14 September. To join more than 100 advisers at the event click here to secure your free place.


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  1. Robert Milligan 31st July 2017 at 5:49 pm

    we need to abolish the Whole Pensions industry, Product Providers should have NOTHING to say about Financial Advice, We now see Providers cherry picking Client banks to provide “Their” own SALESPEOPLE with clients to see, “B.oo.y Disgraceful, “All” Adviser’s should be Independent and their should be NO inference or obfuscation No one should be able to transact pensions switching/Transfer, without Regulated Advice. No Product Provider should be able in anyway to receive any kind of financial incentive / Profit of any kind from the Advice Process, After all the client is Paying for the “Advice” and this should have no and I mean none rebating of AMC’s to support the Advice proposition.

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