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FCA interim review findings: Need to study whether ‘additional protections’ needed for pension drawdown consumers

By: Helen Burggraf | 12 Jul 2017

The UK’s Financial Services Authority said today that it has identified a number of measures that may need to be taken to address “some of the emerging…

STM Group: ‘opportunities’ to acquire books of QROPS business

By: Helen Burggraf | 11 Jul 2017

STM Group, the Gibraltar-based, AIM-listed provider of QROPS and other pension products and corporate services, says it sees “opportunities” in the overseas pension transfer marketplace to potentially acquire…

Old Mutual Int’l launches ‘new breed’ of offshore bond

By: Helen Burggraf | 27 Jun 2017

Old Mutual International has pulled the wraps off a new offshore bond it is calling the Select Bond, which it says seeks to target a “new, wider…

UK to its expats in EU: ‘we’ll up-rate state pensions in Europe and seek to keep recip healthcare deal’

By: Helen Burggraf | 26 Jun 2017

The UK Government today sought to reassure the estimated 1.2 million British expats currently living in Europe by stating that it plans to continue to ‘uprate’ their…

UK and int’l advisers must join together on transfer biz: Montfort Int’l

By: Gary Robinson | 22 Jun 2017

UK and international advisers must join forces to deal with the complexity of defined benefit pension transfers, according to Geraint Davies, managing director, of international advisory business Montfort International.…

AJ Bell research finds adviser dissatisfaction with Transfer Value Analysis assumptions

By: Helen Burggraf | 20 Jun 2017

As the UK regulator is continuing to examine the way the financial services industry is handling pension transfers – with a particular focus on defined benefit pensions…

Aberdeen board approves Standard Life merger amid Scottish Widows rumours

By: Gary Robinson | 20 Jun 2017

Aberdeen Asset Management’s shareholders have approved the proposed merger with Standard Life plc amid reports of a possible additional Scottish Widows deal. Announced via a London Stock Exchange statement, the…

Australia ROPS schemes approach 50% of HMRC list total

By: Helen Burggraf | 16 Jun 2017

For the second time since HM Revenue & Customs suspended its closely-watched online list of ROP schemes on 2 June – ahead of major revisions brought about…

Advisers say global demand for DB pension transfers is ‘fuelled by fear’

By: Gary Robinson | 15 Jun 2017

A survey of international financial advisers has highlighted that demand for defined benefit pension transfers is expected to increase by a third on average, due to fears…

Opinion: Don’t get caught in an unregulated ROPS/QNUPS debacle

By: Bethell Codrington, Global Head Of Pensions At TMF Group | 12 Jun 2017

Unfortunately, there is a huge misunderstanding as to what recognised overseas pension schemes (ROPS, formerly referred to as “QROPS”) and qualifying non-UK pension schemes (QNUPS) are.  For…

Fiduciary rule: from today, US retirement advice must be in client’s ‘best interest’

By: Helen Burggraf | 09 Jun 2017

Two months after it was originally due to take effect, the so-called fiduciary rule – which is designed to ensure US investors are only sold retirement products that…

HMRC ROPS list reappears: some well-known names vanish

By: Helen Burggraf | 07 Jun 2017

HM Revenue & Customs’ online list of ROP schemes reappeared sometime after noon today, minus a few well-known names but in terms of numbers of schemes, actually…

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