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  • Savers concerned ISA and pension allowances will be cut

    8 January 2019

    Nearly a quarter of consumers are concerned the Government will look to reduce the ISA allowance, findings from AJ Bell have shown. According to a survey of 700 DIY investors, 24% are worried that lowering the ISA allowance would affect them, while 15.5% expressed concern about the removal of pension death benefits. Asked whether...

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  • ‘Striking’ lack of confidence in state pension

    7 January 2019

    The British public is bracing itself for another rise in the state pension age and have low expectations of income from it, according to new research from Canada Life. The survey revealed that people in all age groups from 18 to 55 think the state pension age will be 70 by the time they are eligible...

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  • State Pension – 110 this week – and an increasing expense for government

    3 January 2019

    The state pension is worth 5.5 terms more in real terms and people are living over a decade longer than when it was launched in 1909. This makes it expensive for governments, says Steven Cameron, Pensions Director at Aegon.  As we enter 2019, the state pension celebrates another milestone with the first payments made 110...

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  • AKG launches Retirement Planning Guide

    3 January 2019

    AKG has launched its 2018 Planning Guide – Retirement planning strategies in the post-pension freedoms era – which it has produced in partnership with Quilter Investors. The guide is independent and designed to be practical and educational, with the aim of encourage advisers, planners and paraplanners “to look again, or look deeper, at core...

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  • What success auto enrolment? Aegon’s Kate Smith on the DWP’s assessment

    1 January 2019

    Kate Smith, head of Pensions at Aegon, examines the DWP’s report on the success of auto-enrolment with employees and employers The Automatic Enrolment evaluation report published by the Department for Work and Pensions shows that overall auto-enrolment has been a success with millions more now enrolled into a workplace pension. Looking at the numbers,...

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  • Concerns around high opt out rate among NHS workers

    1 January 2019

    Royal London has raised concerns that 245,561 NHS workers have opted out of the NHS pension scheme in the past three years, a far higher number than in other public services schemes, which could seriously affect people’s retirement, the mutual says.    The data comes from a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the...

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  • Self-employed pension boost needs more than govt’s planned approach

    27 December 2018

    The government’s announcement that it will publish a paper addressing ways to boost pension saving among the self-employed, is being seen as lacking in the necessary action to address a growing problem. In its Good Work Plan, the government said it will set out “targeted interventions and partnerships” early next year as it looks...

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  • TDQ: Test Your Knowledge – Answers

    20 December 2018

    As part of our Training, Development and Qualifications (TDQ) series, Professional Paraplanner has teamed up with key training and exam support providers to help you to, amongst other things, revise for your qualifications. Below you will find also the cross-references for the 10 questions in this month’s TDQ: Test Your Knowledge, which we posed...

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