Profits at Partnership Assurance dropped 51% to £64m in 2014 due to falling individual annuity sales in the wake of the Budget reforms, latest results show.
Advisers should shy away from clients eager to cash in their pension pots and bear in mind annuities are “still key to the advice process” for pots worth £30,000 to £100,000, said 2plan chief executive Chris Smallwood.
Phoenix Life is reviewing the charges on its Scottish Provident unit-linked funds after refunding a former financial adviser who realised he had been overcharged for years.
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