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WOW – RDR II just broke out!


The FCA have launched what they call “a major new review looking at how financial advice could work better for consumers”. A quick scan of the Terms of Reference of this Financial Advice Market Review suggests it is as ambitious in … Continue reading

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Ten things everyone should know about workplace pensions


              Pensions are difficult; how can buyers choose one from another? Look from the list of categories at the attributes that IFAs consider important when deciding on a pension? Confused? …… I was! The traditional … Continue reading

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Auto-Enrolment needs more Training and less Selling


The standards adopted by those administering auto-enrolment have been high. Compliance to some complex problems that payroll, HR and pension providers have faced has been impressive. Sure there have been failures but countries (such as Ireland) reviewing the progress of … Continue reading

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What employers can do to get their members better pensions


Yesterday I had a chance to talk with a large employer about what they can do to help improve the outcomes of their DC plans. Influencing employees to get the best out of their pension savings means getting them to … Continue reading

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Why the FCA should take a leaf out of tPR’s book.


  The Pensions Regulator have been re-born over the last five years and become focussed on helping advisers, trustees and employees solve pension problems. They have started treating us as  customers and not potential criminals. Sadly, this attitudinal shift doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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“Tax relief – what are the numbers?” Guest blog from Ralph Frank


The Government has repeatedly expressed its concern, both in the 2015 Budget (paragraph 1.232) and in the recently announced consultation on pensions tax relief, at the level of income tax forgone through the provision of pension tax relief.  This concern … Continue reading

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Why “pensions ISAs” must be more than ISAs


Ros Altmann has recently commented that simply topping up ISAs and calling them “Pension ISAs” is not going to help solve our long-term retirement problems. The danger of using the ISA structure is that it ignores the fundamentals- that people … Continue reading

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Pension PlayPen’s response to the Treasury on pension tax-relief


The Treasury has asked eight great questions which go to the heart of how we incentivise pension saving. Here are our responses. We haven’t formally sent these responses to the Treasury yet, so if you have any comments, please send … Continue reading

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Can IFAs create their own profession?


James Walker  has published BWD’s assessment of the prospects for firms offering financial advice as their core product. He paints a picture of rising regulatory costs and sluggish growth prospects preventing IFA practices from employing the young blood to refresh it. Last … Continue reading

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Corporate Myopia


“Myopia” medically means short-sighted, in business a company is myopic if it cannot see the bigger picture. Businesses get short-sighted easily enough, typically when they do not need to try very hard and can concentrate on maximising return on easy wins. … Continue reading

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