November 2018


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  • FAMR failing to close ‘advice gap’

    22 April 2018

    While the majority of advisers support the Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR) measures in theory, there is scepticism around the impact they’re having on the advice gap, according to a new survey by Aegon. The survey by the savings and investment provider found just one in seven (14%) of advisers felt the measures arising...

  • LifeQuote details adviser GDPR policy

    17 April 2018

    LifeQuote has announced its GDPR policy for the time it will hold advisers’ electronic data and physical documents.  The firm said data held will be based on three categories of adviser clients: quotation only but no application, which will be held for one year; application made but no policy completed, which will be held...

  • 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...

  • Understanding PRIIPS – what this new regulation means for paraplanners

    4 April 2018

    Ulf Herbig, Product Owner at KNEIP looks at what paraplanners need to understand about PRIIPs and the challenges posed by the regulation which came in earlier this year.   The new Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs) regulation has brought into focus, amongst others, the issue of transaction cost calculation. The regulation aims...

  • 5 minutes with… Rory Percival

    3 April 2018

    This issue’s Q&A is with ex-FCA technical specialist, Rory Percival. Rory now runs his own consultancy focussed on professionalism and compliance in the advisory market. We asked him about his views on paraplanners, professionalism, file review and suitability (Rory is a confirmed speaker at our Exeter and Birmingham Technical Insight Seminars – we also...

  • Technical: Compliance with HMRC in SIPP connected tenant rent reviews

    27 March 2018

    John Keenan, corporate development manager, Xafinity SIPP & SSAS looks at the importance of ensuring connected tenant rent reviews are always on a ‘commercial basis’ to ensure compliance with HMRC. Many SIPP & SSAS pension scheme properties have ‘connected party’ tenants, in our portfolio it is just over half, and it is easy for...

  • FCA publishes much awaited pensions transfers policy paper

    26 March 2018

    The FCA has published its Policy Statement on Advising on Pension Transfers (PS18/6), providing its final rules and guidance on this area. It is consulting further on issues such as contingent charging and the requirement for a suitability report to be provided regardless of the outcome of advice. The 26-page report (including annexes) can...

  • Govt DB pension governance proposals need to get the balance right

    22 March 2018

    The government has published its highly anticipated Defined Benefit Pension Schemes paper, designed to strengthen and better protect DB pension schemes and explore options to improve confidence in the system.  There are currently around 11 million people in DB schemes in the UK, with £1.5 trillion held under management. In Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes,...