September 2017


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  • The Great Pensions Debate – paraplanner report

    22 June 2017

    Caroline Stuart, head of Technical Solutions at DB Wood, attended the Great Pensions Debate this week. She provides her view of the event and her take-aways for Professional Paraplanner readers. The Great Pensions Debate was exactly what it promised; excellent speakers who knew their stuff; attendees there to make sure clients get the right outcomes...

  • FCA proposed changes to TVA rules in CP17/16

    22 June 2017

    As part of Consultation Paper CP17/16, the FCA is seeking comment on proposed changes to the rules around use of transfer value analysis (TVA) in DB Pension transfers, to ensure that the advice process results in “good outcomes”. The changes arise from the Regulator’s supervisory work where, it said, it had concerns around the...

  • FCA proposes changes to update pension transfers advice process

    21 June 2017

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published new proposals on pension transfers advice, recognising the inadequacy of TVAS, requiring transfer advice be provided as a personal recommendation and for “appropriate transfer analysis” to be undertaken. The paper also proposes removing the existing default guidance that all advice on pension transfers should start from the assumption that a...

  • How might the General Election affect our pensions, tax and investments?

    5 June 2017

    Rachel Vahey, product technical manager, Nucleus looks at the manifestos of the main political parties and what they are saying around pensions, tax, savings and investments.  In the crucial run in to the General Election, most of the major parties have now published their manifestos, giving us vital information on how the savings and investment...

  • FCA decision on standalone equity release qualification goes against grain of market

    11 May 2017

    The FCA’s decision not to create a standalone equity release qualification for advisers has been seen as moving against current attitudes towards funding retirement. In Policy Statement PS17/11 Review of the FCA’s appropriate qualification exam standards the Regulator said that consideration of the standalone qualification was a result of concerns raised that adviser firms were...

  • Report Writing

    1 May 2017

    Andrew Denham-Davis of Brooks Macdonald looks at partnering with discretionary fund managers why adviser firms are best placed to assess suitability of investments, and shares insights from Kim Bendall, director at The Paraplanners, on how to optimise suitability reports At Brooks Macdonald, we believe it is the responsibility of the professional adviser to assess...

  • Dealing with the shift in tectonic plates in the pensions world

    24 April 2017

    Two years after: Tom Selby, senior analyst at AJ Bell, looks at five trends that have come out of the Pensions Freedoms and asks how concerned should we be? The world has changed beyond all recognition in the past two years. The UK has begun what is likely to be a long and tiring...

  • ATEB launches risk profiling tool to address ATR and CFL profiling issues

    10 April 2017

    Outsourced compliance company ATEB has launched a tool to address the ongoing issues it sees in adviser firms’ attitude to risk (ATR) and capacity for loss (CFL) profiling processes. Steve Bailey, director of ATEB Consulting, says that every FCA thematic review and paper related to suitability since FG11-05 has reported that problems with risk...