Pensions

        St James’s Place new business boosted 18% by strong ISA sales

        Professional Adviser | 30 Oct 2014 | 07:51

        New business at wealth manager St James’s Place (SJP) was up 18% in the third quarter of the year to £212m as clients took advantage of increased ISA limits, interim results show.

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        Aviva annuity sales drop 33% in nine months

        Annuities sales at Aviva were down 33% in the first nine months of the year however its UK life operation returned to growth in the third quarter, interim results show.

        Professional Adviser | 30 Oct 2014 | 07:39
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        Govt urged to replace state pension with compulsory DC

        The government should consider scrapping the state pension to avoid national debt reaching unmanageable levels, argues a think tank.

        Professional Adviser | 29 Oct 2014 | 13:55

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      Pensions watchdog fines first employers over auto-enrolment failures

      Three employers have been issued fixed penalties of £400 in The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) first use of fines for failures related to auto-enrolment.

      Professional Adviser | 29 Oct 2014 | 13:53
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      RP poll: Will the guidance guarantee work for small pot savers?

      In this week’s quick fire RP poll we asked: Will the guidance guarantee be of value to people with small pension pots?

      Retirement Planner | 29 Oct 2014 | 12:50
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      Annuity income tumbles £2k since Budget pensions overhaul

      The average annuity today delivers just over £2,000 less income over retirement compared to one bought in March, when the Chancellor swept away the need for savers to buy the product in his Budget, according to retirement specialist MGM Advantage.

      Professional Adviser | 27 Oct 2014 | 14:46
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      Mind the trap: The unintended consequences of pensions flexibility

      David Thompson on why he believes that, behind the wealth of opportunity and increased freedom offered by the new pensions legislation, a major risk is lurking...

      Professional Adviser | 27 Oct 2014 | 12:41
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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      P2P or not P2P: Do SIPPs and peer-to-peer lending mix?

      P2P lending might have captured investors’ attention but utilising it in a SIPP brings a unique set of challenges, writes Andy Leggett

      Professional Adviser | 20 Oct 2014 | 11:31
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      Govt U-turns on MAS role in guidance guarantee

      The retirement guidance guarantee will not be delivered by the Money Advice Service (MAS), the Treasury has said, in a reversal of the government's previous announcement.

      Professional Adviser | 19 Oct 2014 | 18:04

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