Pensions

        APFA: Disproportionate guidance guarantee levy must be changed

        Professional Adviser | 18 Sep 2014 | 11:31

        Guidance guarantee levy plans will hit advisers ‘disproportionately’ hard and in turn increase costs for consumers, according to the Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA).

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        Aegon launches retirement-focused High Income fund

        Aegon has launched a High Income fund intended to help investors take advantage of pension freedoms coming announced in the Budget.

        Professional Adviser | 17 Sep 2014 | 13:04
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        U-turns and sky-high fees: A tale of two FOS decisions

        Two recent Financial Ombudsman decisions are crucial reading for the SIPP industry. Fiona Murphy looks at the issues.

        Retirement Planner | 17 Sep 2014 | 10:00

    Other Pensions articles

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      On target? Winning the battle on pension liberation

      Fiona Murphy examines The Pension Ombudsman’s delays to decisions on pension liberation fraud and wider concerns about how liberation could shift.

      Retirement Planner | 17 Sep 2014 | 09:52
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      RP Poll: Should providers who shun auto-enrolment be fined?

      In this week's quick-fire poll we ask: Should pension providers who withdraw from or fail to participate in auto-enrolment be fined?

      Retirement Planner | 17 Sep 2014 | 09:18
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      Five things 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 | 17 Sep 2014 | 08:59
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      Worst ravages of RDR over as advisers in 'survival mode' halve

      Advisers have overcome the biggest hurdles they were confronted with as a result of the Retail Distribution Review (RDR), according to a poll, with the number reporting they are still in "survival mode" having halved.

      Professional Adviser | 17 Sep 2014 | 08:01
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      Here we go again… What did we learn from the third SIPP thematic review?

      Again? Really? Andy Leggett looks at the findings of the third FCA thematic review of the SIPP business…

      Professional Adviser | 16 Sep 2014 | 10:59
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      RBS may have to plug £5.6bn pensions deficit if Scotland votes Yes

      Royal Bank of Scotland could be forced to plug a £5.6bn deficit in its pensions scheme if Scotland votes Yes on Thursday.

      Professional Adviser | 16 Sep 2014 | 08:06
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      Post-Budget pension advice surge fuelled by ‘client confusion’ – poll

      Confusion about changes to pension rules will drive a huge surge in demand for pensions advice, according to a FundsNetwork adviser poll.

      Professional Adviser | 15 Sep 2014 | 10:18
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      Over-55s to splurge £3bn pension cash on ‘cars and kitchens’

      The Chancellor’s pension reforms will see over-55s take out a total of about £5bn from their pension pots after the rules change in April next year, an actuarial firm predicts.

      Professional Adviser | 15 Sep 2014 | 07:41
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      MPs launch post-Budget auto-enrolment inquiry

      MPs have launched an inquiry into the progress of auto-enrolment after the shock changes to the pension system announced in the Budget.

      Professional Adviser | 12 Sep 2014 | 15:41
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      Aviva chairman McFarlane leaves to head Barclays

      John McFarlane, the chairman of insurer Aviva, has left the business to become chairman of banking group Barclays.

      Professional Adviser | 12 Sep 2014 | 09:32
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      'Yes' vote has implications for Scots properties in SIPPs - Suffolk Life

      Self-invested personal pension (SIPP) holders with Scottish properties in their portfolios will need to consider their options in the event of a 'yes' vote in the upcoming independence referendum, says SIPP provider Suffolk Life.

      Professional Adviser | 11 Sep 2014 | 15:08
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      Drawdown sales shoot up post-Budget as annuity deals drop by a third

      Almost 9,500 income drawdown contracts were written in the second quarter of the year, with the mean pot size dropping to just over £50,000, latest figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) show.

      Professional Adviser | 11 Sep 2014 | 10:25
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      ‘Selfish’ providers that exit auto-enrolment should be fined - Defaqto

      Pension providers that “cream off profits” and withdraw from the auto-enrolment (AE) market just as small and medium-sized employers (SMEs) stage should be fined, Defaqto says.

      Professional Adviser | 11 Sep 2014 | 08:12
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      Five things 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 | 10 Sep 2014 | 11:49
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      RP Poll: Phased retirement

      In this week's quick-fire Retirement Planner poll we ask: Are your clients working longer?

      Retirement Planner | 10 Sep 2014 | 11:49
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      Standard Life reveals further Scottish independence contingency plans

      A ‘yes’ vote in the Scottish referendum could see Standard Life move its pensions, investment and other long-term savings operations out of the country.

      Professional Adviser | 10 Sep 2014 | 11:35
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      Barnett Waddingam buys Chase de Vere SIPP book

      Advice firm Chase de Vere has sold it's self-invested personal pension (SIPP) book to provider Barnett Waddingham for an undisclosed sum.

      Professional Adviser | 10 Sep 2014 | 09:29

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    Should pension providers who withdraw from or fail to participate in auto-enrolment be fined?