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Behavioural finance: What would you choose?

The emotional side of pensions freedom and choice

Advisers will be familiar with helping clients work through the emotional aspects of making retirement income decisions. In the past the average retiree based that...
Taking a leap of faith with defined benefit transfers

Taking a leap of faith with defined benefit transfers

  The government's flagship retirement policy, pensions freedom and choice, gives over 55s complete access to their defined contribution (DC) pension pots from 6 April. The...
What could possibly go wrong?

Is there a risk of information overload on pensions?

The biggest package of pension reforms in a generation, now just days away, will bring freedom and choice to retirees. There is no doubt people will have...
Scheme pensions: The one thing Webb forgot about...

Scheme pensions: The one thing Webb forgot about…

Money purchase scheme pensions are the Marmite of retirement planning. It is safe to say they have either been loved or hated by advisers and providers alike....
Market movements: TPAS talks guidance and advice

TPAS’ Michelle Cracknell: ‘We really want to keep people positive about pensions’

Delivering on George Osborne's promise of "free, impartial guidance for all retirees" was never going to be a simple task. Starting from scratch with a...
What could possibly go wrong?

RP Inquiry: Analysing the FCA’s retirement income market study

Retirement Planner's monthly survey of readers asked for opinion on the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) latest retirement income market study. The regulator's paper found some...
Why politicians should hit the brake on pensions freedom

Risk factors: Pensions freedom is not all good news

Pensions freedom places great responsibility on individuals, many of whom will be less than familiar with the retirement income landscape. There is a lot...
One careful owner: Will the annuity sale plan work?

Bright idea: Webb’s annuity sale plan has its doubters

Steve Webb is the longest serving pensions minister in the history of the position and has overhauled many policies during his tenure. And while pensions...
Changing tack: Bradbury Hamilton's new direction

Opportunities abound: Sheriar Bradbury predicts pensions freedom business boost

City-based IFA firm Bradbury Hamilton is braced for a busy few months as pensions freedom begins from 6 April. Speaking to Retirement Planner, managing director...
Out with the old, in with the new...

Osborne has made pensions ‘sexy’ but will legacy IT spoil the party?

The Chancellor's 2014 Budget was the catalyst for a seemingly never ending series of headlines on pensions tax usually reserved for, well, less staid...
 

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