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  • Legal & General launches client applications tracker

    20 February 2019

    Legal & General has launched Track My Apps, a new system that allows adviser firms to monitor the progress of client applications for the assurer’s retirement income range of products from fixed term annuities to lifetime annuities. The tracking service, the first of its kind in the market, comes from industry FinTech company Origo...

  • Paraplanner views: Transitioning – a better route to retirement?

    6 February 2019

    A recent article flagged the idea of phased retirement as a new and growing trend. We asked paraplanners whether transitioning rather than take a cliff-edge approach was new amongst clients and whether the evidence suggested it was a better route to retirement and what issues should be considered.  In a recent paraplanners survey we...

  • Adviser firms missing intergenerational and legacy planning opportunities

    5 February 2019

    Adviser firms are not engaging with clients’ next generations, new research from Octopus Investments has shown, and so are missing opportunities.  Most adviser firms surveyed said they had an existing relationship with only 20% of their clients’ beneficiaries, while 58% said they were actively trying to develop these relationships. However, the overwhelming majority (95%)...

  • Financial advice threats and opportunities

    4 February 2019

    Brexit is proving a contentious issue for the advice industry, with over half of advisers viewing it as a threat, while a quarter cite it as an opportunity. According to the latest research by Aegon, 51% of those surveyed saw Brexit as the biggest threat to the advice sector, while 27% viewed it as...

  • FCA Retirement Review pinpoints remedies for key consumer issues

    31 January 2019

    Four years on from the pension freedoms, the FCA has published its Retirement Outcomes Review policy statement, introducing a set of remedies designed to protect consumers and help them make better choices before accessing their pension savings and throughout their retirement. The rules, which will be implemented by 1 November, include changes to ‘wake-up’...

  • Paraplanner views split on idea of single rate pensions tax relief

    29 January 2019

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently suggested the UK should move to a single rate of pension tax relief or an ISA pension system.  In a recent Parameters survey we asked paraplanners for their views on the suggested change. An ISA pension system received little support – just 4% of respondents...

  • Drawdown investors ‘remarkably resilient’ in volatile markets, survey finds

    29 January 2019

    As many as a third of drawdown investors would not make changes to their investments following sharp falls in the stock market, a new study from Canada Life has shown. Of those investors who said they would be concerned about stock market moves (67%), markets would need to fall by as much as 7.5%...

  • Centralised Retirement Propositions need to become mainstream

    24 January 2019

    Centralised Retirement Propositions (CRPs) need to be prioritised and brought into the mainstream, Seven Investment Management has said. The group said a combination of pension freedoms, low annuity rates and shifting demographics have created “a growing need for solutions in retirement” for many clients. Despite this, 7IM’s head of intermediary Verona Kenny says CRPs...