Professional Adviser's heroes and villains of 2014

        Professional Adviser | 19 Dec 2014 | 10:22

        It's that time of year again: Professional Adviser, aided by the plentiful suggestions of readers, runs through its heroes and villains of 2014...

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        ABI eyes fewer declined CI claims after updating guidelines

        The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has updated its guidelines on how critical illness (CI) policies should be described and explained to consumers, in a move it hopes will ultimately lead to fewer declined claims.

        Professional Adviser | 17 Dec 2014 | 15:20

        Adviser noticeboard (15-19 Dec)

        Welcome to our weekly heads-up on the key events, hires and other bits for professional advisers...

        Professional Adviser | 15 Dec 2014 | 09:29

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      Cost of report into FCA media error approaches £4m

      The total costs of an independent report into the Financial Conduct Authority's strategy to brief a national newspaper on one of its high-profile regulatory projects are approaching £4m.

      Professional Adviser | 10 Dec 2014 | 12:34

      FCA media blunder: Staff warned regulator not to brief journalist

      A strategy by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to leak details of one of its upcoming projects to a national newspaper - a decision which sparked huge falls in the share prices of several major life companies - was "high risk" and inadequate, according to an independent report by a law firm.

      Professional Adviser | 10 Dec 2014 | 12:04

      Revealed: The shortlist for the Professional Adviser Awards 2015

      Professional Adviser is proud to announce the shortlist for the Professional Adviser Awards 2015, which will be held in London in February.

      Professional Adviser | 10 Dec 2014 | 10:33

      FOS rules out charging complainants

      The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has ruled out charging "nominal" fees to complainants, agreeing with Parliament's view the service must be free to ensure the public's confidence in it.

      Professional Adviser | 09 Dec 2014 | 07:40

      Tyrie: The FCA must improve

      Treasury Committee chairman Andrew Tyrie has said the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) must engage more with the regulated community and do more for consumers, as the City watchdog announced sweeping structural and personnel changes following a strategic review.

      Professional Adviser | 09 Dec 2014 | 07:39
      George Osborne

      AS14: The four key things to tell clients

      Changes to stamp duty will dominate the headlines following the Chancellor's Autumn Statement on 3 December, but there were a few other bits that should prove a boon to savers.

      Professional Adviser | 03 Dec 2014 | 15:07

      Care for a tax break? Funding LTC through pension savings

      Experts have called for a tax break on pension withdrawals to help fund LTC. But is such an intervention feasible and a good idea?

      Professional Adviser | 28 Nov 2014 | 13:20

      L&G splits savings business in two ahead of Pollock exit

      Legal & General (L&G) is splitting its savings business in two and restructuring other parts of its L&G Assurance Society (LGAS) division ahead of the departure of the arm's chief executive John Pollock next May.

      Professional Adviser | 28 Nov 2014 | 10:56

      ‘Why oh why would Aviva want to take over Friends?' Industry reacts to deal talk

      The industry has reacted with confusion and concern to Aviva's intention to takeover smaller rival Friends Life, with fears a merged insurer will mean worse customer service and less competition.

      Professional Adviser | 24 Nov 2014 | 14:42
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      RP poll: Will the DWP’s ‘PensionsTube’ actually boost pension understanding?

      In this week’s quick fire RP poll we ask readers: Will the DWP’s YouTube channel - PensionsTube - actually boost understanding?

      Retirement Planner | 21 Nov 2014 | 10:51

      APFA: Only a third of advisers qualified to give LTC advice

      Only a third of advisers are currently qualified to provide long term care advice despite growing interest from advisers in the area, the Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) has found.

      Professional Adviser | 20 Nov 2014 | 13:05

      FCA considers removing same-day complaints rule

      The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is considering a number of recommendations on how financial services firms can improve the way they handle complaints, including removing a rule stating that not all gripes must be reported to it.

      Professional Adviser | 17 Nov 2014 | 10:21
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      RP Poll: Should pension withdrawals to fund LTC be tax free?

      In this week’s quick fire RP poll we ask RP readers: Should withdrawals from pension pots to fund long-term care costs be made tax free?

      Retirement Planner | 14 Nov 2014 | 10:53

      Critical illness pioneer Dr Marius Barnard dies

      Dr Marius Barnard, the founder of critical illness insurance, has died at the age of 87.

      Professional Adviser | 14 Nov 2014 | 10:36

      Catch up: Five pensions stories you might have missed

      In this week's Retirement Planner news round-up we highlight five key stories you might have missed over the past seven days.

      Retirement Planner | 14 Nov 2014 | 10:28

      Lloyds exits stand-alone protection advice

      Lloyds bank has announced it will no longer offer stand-alone protection advice across its Halifax, Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland branches after observing "significantly reduced" customer demand.

      Professional Adviser | 14 Nov 2014 | 07:52


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