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“No, they should keep it – in the past, anything with Scottish in front of it sold better. The disappearance of another name would be sad. None of my customers will relate Aegon to their pensions and investments.”

Nick Payne, Cabot Financial Management

“No, they should definitely stick with the trusted ScotEq name other than a giant multinational – that name means very little to my clients.”

Christopher Blastland, CGB Associates

“No. Scottish Equitable has a lot of allegiance and there is respect for the brand – it is well known. Clients feel they can&#39t trust foreign companies and, for a start, most people can&#39t even spell Aegon.”

Ian Dutton,CDM Financial Services

“Yes, they should switch over. The Aegon brand is relatively unknown at the moment but I am sure that in the long term it will be, so the quicker they move over the better.”

Cameron Scott, C&B Financial Planning

“Yes. Aegon is more powerful internationally but neither my clients nor I really care. Policies are what is important.”

Steve Price, Alexander Price

“No. I would have thought that Scottish Equitable is a better name than Aegon UK, which no one has ever heard of.”

Nicholas Pilkington, Baker Hudson

“Yes. It is a big parent company and we all know the name so they might as well call themselves that.”

Michael Rooney, Financial Solutions 2000

“No. Name awareness is high for Scottish Equitable and, being Scottish, I prefer them to stick to their roots.”

Donald Watt, Caledonian Independent

Yes 37%

no 63%


£140m cost of key facts format

Proposals for the next generation of product disclosure could cost the industry £140m with the end of key features documents and separate disclosure regimes for life and pensions and investment products.According to a draft FSA consultation paper on product disclosure due to be published on January 31 but seen by Money Marketing, KFDs will be […]

FSA says proposals won&#39t spark IFA shift to multi-ties

The FSA is predicting that very few, if any, IFAs will decide to go multi-tied as a result of its proposals in CP166.Although not providing any further details on numbers, head of retail projects David Severn says the regulator&#39s research shows that most IFAs want to retain their independence, with most multi-ties likely to come […]

Friends aids advisers with OPPs guide

Friends Provident is offering IFAs a guide to restructuring an occupational pension scheme.The guide includes inf-ormation on the requirements for amending, restructuring and winding up an occupational scheme.It also offers IFAs and trustees advice on making a scheme paid up or frozen and surrendering a contracting-out certificate in a situation where benefits continue to accrue […]

Outside edge

The compulsion question has been driven down Quango Gardens, that well-known cul-de-sac housing all manner of Blairite worthies locked in earnest debate about policies that the Government dare not contemplate, at least not this side of the next general election.We have a Green Paper from the Department of Work and Pensions and a consultation paper […]

Johnson Fleming is a finalist at UK Pensions Awards 2016

The UK Pensions Awards shine the light on excellence and recognise the advisers, providers and investment managers that offer the highest level of innovation, performance and service to occupational pension schemes and their members. This year’s awards looked at advisers and providers across 31 different categories and were rigorously judged by a panel of senior […]


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