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“No. I think it&#39s a step in the right direction to raise charges. At the end of the day, these products will only work if advisers want to offer them.”

David Rollo, D K R Financial Services

“Yes. I can understand that the Government needs to offer advisers more and that 1 per cent was too close to the bone but consumers need to be reassured that charges will not continue to rise.”

Samuel Quaye Sowah, Corporate & General Finance

“No, I don&#39t agree with the CA. We need to get back to old principles and stop shutting the market down.”

David Ashe,David Ashe Associates

“No. The thing that is turning people away is that young people today cannot see a future 40 years down the line with pensions. That is why they are turning to other savings products.”

James Boyd, Jim Boyd & Co

“Some may turn away and some may not. Two is very high, one-and-a-half would be alright and wouldn&#39t make much difference.”

Doug Thornton, Thornton Lambert

“Yes, I think it may well do on the basis of the poor publicity that pensions have had in recent months. Anything else is going to detract from the appeal of long-term pension investment.”

Margaret Hopkins, Chase Financial Advisors

“I don&#39t think it will. It takes more than that for people to change the traditional things they have done.”

John Doughty, John James Financial Services

Yes 25%

No 62%

Unsure 13%


Independent view

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New hope for Equitable investors

Equitable Life policyholders have new hope of compensation following a High Court ruling giving them the right to challenge the Parliamentary Ombudsman&#39s dismissal of a test case. The decision marks a small victory for Equitable investors, putting ombudsman Ann Abraham under pressure to reopen her inquiry. Mr Justice Moses ruled last week that the Parliamentary […]

Forsyth Partners – Forsyth Alternative Strategies Series One &#45 Income Generator Note

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SIM &#39exceeds forecasts&#39 as it sees in first year

Skandia Investment Management celebrated its first birthday last month, saying it has £1.25bn under management and that more than 2,500 IFA firms have placed business with the firm. SIM, launched by Skandia last year, says it is the secondbiggest seller of multi-manager funds and is in the top 10 for total net sales across the […]

Can you put a hat on?

By Sarah Scott, marketing consultant You might think the question in the title is a strange one. Perhaps even more so when you learn that it’s one of several asked as part of an assessment for Employment Support Allowance eligibility in the opening scenes of the 2016 film, ‘I, Daniel Blake’. Daniel is a carpenter […]


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