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  • GDPR: Adviser firms must make staff training a priority

    17 January 2018

    Training staff about the new GDPR rules ahead of its implementation date on 25 May 2018 should be a top priority to ensure firms mitigate the risks of expensive data breach claims, according to a GDPR industry working party set up by Intelliflo. Rob Walton, chief operating officer at Intelliflo (pictured), who chairs the...

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  • FE reports nearly all managers met MiFID II data deadline

    16 January 2018

    Almost all asset managers working with FE’s Regulatory Data Services to disseminate MiFID data to distributors such as platforms, have met the January deadline imposed by regulators, the research company said. For the past six months, FE’s Regulatory Data Services team has been working on behalf of 18 platforms to gather data from asset...

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  • New standards body set to help industry deal with evolving market  

    16 January 2018

    Criterion, the newly formed industry body, has appointed four non-executive directors to the board, as it looks to help the industry deal with changes arising from the ongoing impact of the pensions freedoms, fintech innovation and implementation of the ambitions of government and the regulator. The body is focussed on the development of sustainable...

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  • Expectations for DB transfers, pensions tax and pension contributions in 2018

    9 January 2018

    The pensions industry in 2018 will be dominated by tighter regulatory control, a continued increase in defined benefit (DB) pension transfers and the shadow of legislative change to the pension tax regime, according to global consultancy Willis Towers Watson. Despite November’s quarter percentage point increase in the Bank of England’s base interest rate, defined...

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  • SimplyBiz Group launches GDPR hub to support adviser firms through new regulation

    8 January 2018

    SimplyBiz Group has launched an online resource to help adviser firms meet the requirements of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) policy.  The EU regulation, which comes into effect from the 25 May this year, will be governed and monitored by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and dictates the way in which UK businesses must deal...

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  • 4 significant deadlines to keep an eye on in 2018

    7 January 2018

    What does 2018 have in store for savers? Tom Selby, senior analyst at AJ Bell, looks at four events that we should be set to deal with this year. 2017 felt like a year where the whole world teetered on the brink. From the President of the United States threatening war via Twitter to cryptocurrencies...

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  • Self-employed under more pressure in 2018

    7 January 2018

    Ed Molyneux, CEO and co-founder of cloud accounting software provider FreeAgent, talks about the potential impact on the self employed from macro events such as Brexit, as well as the Government’s desire to standardise tax between self employed and employed workers.    The next 12 months could be a potentially tumultuous time for the UK...

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  • SIPP due diligence under the new capital requirement rules

    3 January 2018

    Will Self, deputy CEO, Curtis Banks Group, looks at what paraplanners need to assess when conducting due diligence on a SIPP provider, taking into account the new capital requirement rules. The FCA’s new capital requirements were introduced in September last year. However, these were not simply a hygiene factor for SIPP operators. Freedom of...

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