Category Archives: FCA

The FCA can’t blame the DB transfer debacle on pension freedoms.

  Nikhil Rathi, the FCA’s CEO elect is only partly right in linking the upswing in transfers away for DB schemes to the precipitous introduction of pension freedoms. It is very important that the FCA properly understand the cocktail of … Continue reading

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The impact of banning contingent charging for pension transfers

The end of an era After over three years of mounting pressure, the FCA yesterday announced it would be banning the practice of contingent charging for work on Defined Benefit transfers from October 1st. Although some pipeline cases will conclude … Continue reading

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The end of furlough and what it means for pensions.

A question was asked of the DWP on April 24th filed under  “Pensions: Advisory Services”  To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on when the FCA … Continue reading

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By their fruits ye shall know them.

    Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot … Continue reading

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Pension Plowman’s guide to 2020 IGC reports

This is a big year for IGCs. It is their fifth birthday, it’s the year when the FCA reviews their effectiveness and it’s the year of the pandemic, where providers and savers will be under maximum strain. Most of the … Continue reading

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Shouldn’t pensions “stay at home”?

Should we stop transfers for the next 6 months?   Yields are down, markets are down, has there ever been such a time to transfer your pension rights? That’s what many people may be thinking and if you were a … Continue reading

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“Asleep at the wheel” The Millers catalogue our regulatory woes.

Campaigner Gina Miller is asking for an  Independent Review of the Appointment of the Next Governor of the Bank of England and the FCA in the Face of a Catalogue of Regulatory Failures Leading to Catastrophic Consumer Detriment The True … Continue reading

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Are passive managers giving value for our money?

In the debate about what we get for the money we pay to fund managers , we tend to think of passive managers, not as managers – but as funds. We can of course get access to indices by buying … Continue reading

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Regulator fines Regulator

Robin Ellison has too refined a mind and too fine a writing style, for his thoughts to be left languishing on Linked in. Not since the days of John Quarrell has there been such a dissenting voice, speaking against  the  … Continue reading

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AgeWage responds to FCA’s call for input to it’s Open Finance initiative

1.”You have asked what action can we take to help ensure the potential of open banking is maximised”. AgeWage was set up to help people make sense of their retirement saving and to convert “pension pots” into a retirement plan. … Continue reading

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