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The pension transfer mess: who pays and what’s paid?

There’s an irony to PAC’s assertions. It was extremely critical of the FCA in almost every aspect but never even questioned a key one: the FCA’s own assessment that transfers were very widely unsuitable at BSPS. This is now being … Continue reading

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Transfer volumes fall, the FCA back in trouble and bears visit the woods

  Yesterday was one of those days where various stories break together like rippling waves onto a calm beach. The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, having read the National Audit Offices report on the BSPS fiasco, has duly called … Continue reading

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How a British Steel redress scheme might work.

Stuart Fowler has produced a counter-argument to that I put forward last week, it was published before my blog and I can’t say that my blog would have changed Stuart’s argument. I will ask Stuart for permission to publish it … Continue reading

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Nick Smith MP is right – the British Steel pension transfers are a special case.

The overall uphold rate for all BSPS cases to the Financial Ombudsman Service is around 63% in favour of steelworkers, including complaints relating to administration or delays. This compares with an overall FOS uphold rate of 40% for all cases … Continue reading

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All messed up and nowhere to go – DB transfer compensation

The FCA announced yesterday that it was writing to a further 950 DB pension advice customers potentially entitled to compensation. The FCA has now written to a total of 3,591 defined benefit (DB) pension transfer advice customers this year to tell them they may be entitled to compensation. And it … Continue reading

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Moral hazard and the “compo culture”- must good pay for bad?

Blow to the trust in our profession. We could have organized to help people and divi the work for an industry wide agreed fixed fee on this. People matter. #financialplanning #values #trust https://t.co/wJghgWZEOe — Clémence Chatelin (@CChatelin) January 25, 2021 … Continue reading

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Now that’s what I call financial advice.

I’m quoting Al Rush from the Facebook post he made yesterday evening following the meetings of steelworkers with MPs and Regulators yesterday.  Al’s message to the steelmen Sometimes, in my line of work, it can be dispiriting to work for … Continue reading

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If you see bad advice – say something!

  I was very pleased to read Natalie Holt’s article in Money Marketing, we need a better way to deal with bad advice. It deals with public perceptions of financial advisers and is uncompromising. The reality of advice is lost … Continue reading

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“The predictable alternative to drawdown”

  “Drawdown scares me”. It scares me because I am on my own, it scares me because I get a bumpy ride and most of all it scares me because I know that if I drawdown at a minute of … Continue reading

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