Rachel Vahey: Walking a fine line on DB transfer restrictions

In force from 30 November

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As fresh restrictions on DB transfers just came into effect, Rachel Vahey says being able to stop scams is an important step forward, but it cannot be done at the detriment of the pension transfer market...

A sobering thought for you: I have recently spent a lot of time talking about pension scams. This is partly the light the pandemic has shone on the problem, but there is also a growing focus from industry, regulators, and government. The scam of pension liberation or trust-busting - where victims are encouraged to transfer to another pension scheme and take the funds early - is rarer now than ten years ago. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) now takes a more stringent attitude to registering pension schemes, but there's also a more robust approach adopted by the industry. However, most peopl...

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