Tag Archives: Financial services

“I don’t need a new house – I need an extension!”


  I have sympathy with the pension managers of large employers who are being expected to adopt the pension reforms. It is not their job to make Government policies work, rather it is Government’s job to make pensions work- especially … Continue reading

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Cold turkey


A large proportion of people in pensions are currently going through cold-turkey. I’m referring to those working for pension providers, advisers and employers who have benefited from commission for the past 30 years and are now finding the commission turned … Continue reading

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MAS goes it alone to provide an “at retirement advisor directory”.


The Money Advice Service has been consulting over the past few months on what a Directory of IFAs might look like. This consultation was spurred by the imminent launch of the Guidance Guarantee which will generate requests for financial advice. … Continue reading

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How do I buy financial advice?


At two recent events – (the Corporate Adviser Summit and the Investment Network), Advisors have told me that they choose clients not by “minimum fee” but by “minimum funds”. This sets my alarm bell ringing! If you want to see … Continue reading

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Wish us luck as we Pitch to be Britain’s top micro-employer!


  Today’s the day we pitch to be Britain’s top micro-enployer at the Paintworks in Bristol. We are one of 30 employers left in the competition, one of 20 actively trading- we have a 5% chance of winning! But that … Continue reading

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Double vision – a startling new blog from Ralph Frank


The latest Command Paper, ‘Better workplace pensions: Putting savers’ interests first’, has recently been published.  This Command Paper follows prior consultations by the Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) on charges, transparency and quality standards in workplace defined contribution pension … Continue reading

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It’s not just pension taxation that’s changing- products are!


Pension PlayPen’s Submission to the Parliamentary Committee reading the Pension Schemes Bill Continue reading

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Is the Chancellor the IFA’s “New Best Friend?”


    Another week, another change to the UK retirement savings environment – or at least, that’s how it feels! The latest changes to the tax regime tabled this week under the title ‘Pension Flexibility 2015’ were first published in … Continue reading

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Citizen’s Advice- the place to get pension guidance


George Osborne has announced the Citizen Advice Bureau as the delivery mechanism for face to face guidance over the new pension reforms. The Treasury announcement is here. This doesn’t come as a surprise – CAB had been after the work and … Continue reading

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“Hope I die before I get old..?”


  The quote’s from Pete Townsend and the Who’s “my generation”. It’s a brutal version of the Beatles’ “when I’m 64” but both songs are driven by the fear of getting old “will you still need, me, will you still … Continue reading

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