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  • Consumers struggle with drawdown complexity

    10 April 2018

    Advice and investment pathways are necessary to avoid consumers putting themselves at risk, say commentators. A new review by the FCA has found that demand for drawdown has risen, yet many consumers are struggling with the complexity of decision making around the rules. In the review, the FCA said that while firms were providing...

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  • Mixed Asset funds benefit as volatility hits markets

    10 April 2018

    Mixed Asset was the best selling asset class in February, as stockmarket volatility increased with the fall in markets from the first week of that month. Investment Association data show that Mixed Asset significantly outstripped other asset classes, pulling in £1 billion in net retail sales in February, with Money Market (£455m) and Property...

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  • Non-advised drawdown risks higher tax bills and running out of money

    9 April 2018

    Pension investors who have been using the pension freedoms to take an annual income may now have more in their pension pot than they started with, but risk running out of money in the long-term, according to Aegon. According to Aegon’s estimates, someone with an average fund of £148,750 may have seen their fund...

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  • Green bonds – should you be considering this asset?

    9 April 2018

    Liontrust’s Kenny Watson looks at the rise in green bond issuance and whether these investments represent good investments Green bonds are among the fastest-growing financial assets in recent years. Moody’s estimates put global issuance at a record $155bn in 2017 and, with levels predicted to exceed $250bn this year, it shows no signs of...

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  • Time to submit your Awards nominations and entries

    9 April 2018

    Have you submitted your nominations and/or put in your entry for Paraplanner of the Year of the Paraplanner Team of the Year? Every nomination we receive from our readers helps us sort the wheat from the chaff and highlight the providers in the market today who are doing their best to serve and support...

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  • More people saving for retirement but too many choosing non-advised drawdown, surveys find

    8 April 2018

    As the pension freedoms celebrate their third anniversary, new research has shown that people are saving more for their retirement, while the over 55s are working longer to fulfil their retirement plans. Research by Prudential found that among those aged over 55, around 12% said they or their partner will work full- or part-time...

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  • New paraplanner webinar series from Canada Life to tackle technical and tax issues

    8 April 2018

    Canada Life is launching a series of new webinars specifically designed to answer the most common and difficult questions facing paraplanners.  The company will be running three webinars over the next few weeks via its Paraplanner Academy. These will focus on achieving the right order of gifting, how to get the most from a...

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  • NS&I to sponsor Professional Paraplanner Awards 2018

    8 April 2018

    We are delighted to announce that NS&I are the sponsor of the 2018 Professional Paraplanner Awards. The 2018 Awards are Professional Paraplanner’s second awards and will take place on 6 June after the London Technical Insight Seminar at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel. Both the seminar and the awards are free for paraplanners to attend*....

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