Tag Archives: IFA

“People taking their own decisions”?! How the Lewis’ gang up on IFAs.


I don’t know if there’s something in a name, but if I was an IFA, I’d be butting my head against anything called “Lewis” this morning. There’s Martin Lewis, talking to us on the TV of taking control of our … Continue reading

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FCA calls on advisers to take a fiduciary role on transfers.


The FCA has published a very scary note intended for advisers recommending transfers from Defined Benefit schemes . In its statement published on Tuesday, the FCA revealed further failings in the pension transfer advice market, the regulator said some advisors … Continue reading

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Transfer heaven or transfer hell?


Saturday kitchen’s binary dilemma informs on the “stampede” for a defined benefit transfer value (CETV). Those who still have this option have been offered as much as 40 times the prospective pension as cash payable to an approved pension. With … Continue reading

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Let’s put an end to pension transfer privilege.


“Sexy cash” legitimised? A few years ago , Sir Steve Webb, then our pension minister, stood in front of the PLSA and berated Boots and its pension scheme for tempting members out of the pension scheme with cash incentives. He … Continue reading

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Five moral reasons I didn’t take my DB transfer.


Jo Cumbo (my journalist of the year) has finished 2016 with a fascinating article on what (her sub editor?) describes as “a stampede to cash in gold-plated final salary schemes“. I felt angry – a little bit “dirt” when I’d … Continue reading

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Can succession succeed? An everyday story of IFA folk.


  Yesterday I published an article about my fears of putting my money into the hands of a wealth manager. They can be summed up as Financial – the “money” bit of value for money , was skewed against me … Continue reading

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Workplace pensions – what really matters.


For the past few years I have provided data and qualitative judgement to NMG, a company that researches insurance companies and the service they provide intermediaries. The information NMG has asked of me has been about my perception of those … Continue reading

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The curse of the transfer value!


There is a curse to having money that was bequeathed us by the later Chancellor. It is called “freedom” and it applies to the rights that  baby boomers have in final salary schemes. It’s not just those in their fifties, many … Continue reading

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Want to know about investment risk? Quietroom’s “difficult second video”!


The good people at Quietroom have come up with another classic. I have to admit to having a bit part – I was the idiot who they asked to edit their script – as if! I think it is a … Continue reading

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The true cost of investing


Paul Lewis has had a summer holiday sitting in his tent reading spreadsheets. I spent the past 24 hours listening to people within the investment industry, either boasting that they were enabling as much as 3% pa of a client’s … Continue reading

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