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  • Survey shows final salary members wary of transferring

    28 June 2017

    Final salary pension scheme members are cautious about moving their benefits to defined contribution schemes because they fear making a mistake in transferring as well as losing the guaranteed retirement income, according to research from Prudential1. Its study of private sector final salary scheme members shows that 81% had not considered foregoing the guaranteed income...

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  • Toughest test for pensions freedom will be 2020

    28 June 2017

    New population data released this week shows that the new pension freedoms will face their peak test in the coming five years, according to Aviva. This, says the assurance group, is because the most populous age-group in the UK today is those aged 51 – a total of 945,000 people. ‎This group will gain access to...

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  • Retirement income gender gap grown over past year

    28 June 2017

    The gap between women’s and men’s annual average expected retirement incomes in 2017 has grown by £1,000 in the last year, according to new research from Prudential. The group has been undertaking annual research over the last 10 years, tracking the future financial plans and aspirations of people planning to retire in the year ahead....

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  • Competition weak in asset management says FCA, as it announces remedies

    28 June 2017

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published the final findings of its asset management market study and announced its package of remedies. The FCA says it has found that price competition is weak in a number of areas of the industry. The Regulator said that despite a large number of firms operating in the market,...

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  • Retaining triple lock gives Tories time to reconsider policy

    27 June 2017

    The Conservatives’ agreement not to scrap the triple lock as part of their deal with the DUP, is an opportunity to give further consideration to an ill-thought out policy which won them no favours with the grey vote, say commentators.    It was unsurprising the Conservatives removed their commitments to scrap the triple-lock and...

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  • The pension dilemma – personal behavioural bias

    25 June 2017

    Given the choice of  £1.4m now or £40,000 for life, which will clients go for? Has this become the post pensions freedoms pensions dilemma, asks Mike Morrison, head of Platform Technical, AJ Bell. The UK and the US are different in many ways, not least because we are separated by a rather big ocean, but we...

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  • Too many over 50s not prepared for retirement

    20 June 2017

    Many of the over 50s in the UK are failing to consider their impending retirements, according to new research from Retirement Advantage. The survey by the retirement income specialist shows that 6 in 10 (61%) over 50s have not requested a state pension forecast and are therefore not informed about the level of pension...

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  • Young in favour of ditching triple lock could benefit most from it, says Aegon report

    8 June 2017

    Support for protecting the state pension triple lock is highest amongst those at or nearing retirement according to new research from Aegon. People in their 60s and 70s are almost twice as likely to support the policy as those aged under 30. The research pointed out that while retirement may seem a long way off...

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