Retirement

        Webb: Guidance guarantee aimed at 'middle Britain'

        Professional Adviser | 24 Oct 2014 | 07:16

        The government's free impartial at-retirement guidance is aimed at middle Britain, not high or low net worth individuals, pensions minister Steve Webb has told MPs.

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        Small firms want to postpone auto-enrolment after pension reforms

        Firms yet to reach their auto-enrolment (AE) staging dates want the process postponed until wide-reaching changes to the pensions system are finalised, according to research.

        Professional Adviser | 23 Oct 2014 | 14:04
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        Altmann calls for tighter regulation of product providers

        Pensions expert Ros Altmann has called on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to tighten its grip on product providers to ensure customers are treated fairly once they have received the government's proposed retirement guidance.

        Professional Adviser | 23 Oct 2014 | 14:02

    Other Retirement articles

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      Five 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 | 22 Oct 2014 | 17:22
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      RP poll: Should we be allowed to unwind annuities?

      In this week’s quick fire RP poll we asked: Do you agree with Steve Webb's proposal that those who have purchased annuities should have the opportunity to unwind them for a capital sum?

      Retirement Planner | 22 Oct 2014 | 16:58
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      Equity release: From one-hit wonder to market superstar?

      Equity release is growing strongly and Bower Retirement Services is looking to recruit more advisers. Helen Morrissey talks to new chairperson Andrea Rozario about her new role and the outlook for equity release.

      Retirement Planner | 22 Oct 2014 | 15:14
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      Will the masses be hooked on non-advised drawdown?

      Income drawdown looks set to grow rapidly as a result of Budget freedoms. Jenna Towler takes a look at the issues for those navigating this area without an adviser.

      Retirement Planner | 22 Oct 2014 | 15:08
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      Spanner in the works? The impact of group life schemes on the lifetime allowance

      A quirk in A-Day tax rules means registered group life benefits count towards the lifetime allowance (LTA). Jonathan Stapleton looks at the problems this poses as the LTA falls

      Retirement Planner | 22 Oct 2014 | 15:06
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      A race against time: Dealing with retirement change

      Do advisers think the industry will be ready in time to deal with incoming Budget flexibilities? Helen Morrissey finds out in the latest Retirement Planner Inquiry.

      Retirement Planner | 22 Oct 2014 | 14:51
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      Overcoming pension planning obstacles for the self-employed

      Helen Morrissey talks to a panel of experts about the factors that prevent self-employed people from accessing financial advice

      Retirement Planner | 22 Oct 2014 | 14:47
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      SIPPs - it's all about flexibility

      Austin Broad goes through the issues advisers and their clients need to think about when navigating the SIPP market.

      Retirement Planner | 22 Oct 2014 | 14:46
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      Short service refunds banned from October 2015

      Short service refunds are to be banned from April 2015, the government has confirmed.

      Professional Adviser | 22 Oct 2014 | 14:43
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      Unfinished business - Webb’s vision for pension reform

      With just months to go before the general election pensions minister Steve Webb shows no sign of slowing down. Helen Morrissey spoke to him about his plans for the future.

      Retirement Planner | 22 Oct 2014 | 14:43
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      Webb has annuities in his sights

      The outcome of the next general election looks way too close to call and speculation is mounting about how long Steve Webb will remain as pensions minister.

      Retirement Planner | 22 Oct 2014 | 14:41
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      Changes to death benefits: What does it mean for clients?

      As the dust settles on the Chancellor's latest big pensions announcement, Mark Pearson reflects on what impact the proposals may have on various client groups...

      Professional Adviser | 22 Oct 2014 | 10:30
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      Is pension simplification yet another nail in the coffin of advice for less wealthy clients?

      Pension simplification brings choice to all retirees, meaning advice has never been so valuable. But, Sheriar Bradbury writes, advisers just can’t afford to get involved with the less wealthy…

      Professional Adviser | 22 Oct 2014 | 10:19
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      FCA sets out to bust myths about its rules

      Abraham Okusanya paid a visit to an FCA compliance seminar and discovered a regulator keen to banish, once and for all, some of the misconceptions around its rules...

      Professional Adviser | 22 Oct 2014 | 07:40
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      FSCP warns of emergence of 'toxic' products in retirement space

      Chair of the Financial Services Consumer Panel (FSCP) Sue Lewis has told MPs she expects the emergence of "a lot of toxic products" in the retirement sector following the announcement of new pension freedoms in the Budget.

      Professional Adviser | 22 Oct 2014 | 07:37
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      Steve Webb’s vision for pension reform

      With just months to go before the General Election pensions minister Steve Webb shows no sign of slowing down. Helen Morrissey speaks to him about his plans.

      Professional Adviser | 21 Oct 2014 | 15:02
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      ‘We have to get it right by 2020’: TPAS chief on guidance guarantee uptake

      It is critical guidance guarantee take up rates increase in its first five years of operation as the proportion of retirees solely relying on defined contribution (DC) pensions grows, Michelle Cracknell has said.

      Professional Adviser | 21 Oct 2014 | 11:27

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    Do you agree with Steve Webb's proposal that those who have purchased annuities should have the opportunity to unwind them for a capital sum?