Published: 26 Jun 2017The UK Government’s reductions in the lifetime allowance from £1.5million to £1.25million in 2014/15 and subsequently from £1.25million to £1million in 2016/17 have limited the amount that savers can put into a private pension fund before the excess becomes subject to relatively high levels of tax.
Published: 16 Jun 2017The countdown for final salary or Defined Benefit (DB) schemes has been a long time coming as they are gradually replaced by Defined Contribution (DC) schemes. But the pace is picking up as the realisation grows that the economics behind DB schemes no longer stack up and they become too expensive to provide – posing a series of questions for anyone with this type of scheme.
Published: 09 Mar 2017Philip Hammond delivered his first full UK Budget speech on Wednesday 8th March 2017, and delivered significant news for the International Pensions industry. Full details of the specific measures can be found here, which will be analysed in detail by us.
Published: 25 Nov 2016A good financial adviser will pride him or herself on getting to know a client inside out, often over a period of many years. They will go that extra mile to find out all about their client, whether it’s the obvious, such as attitude to risk and understanding their retirement ambitions, or the less obvious, such as family background.
Published: 25 Nov 2016Research from Momentum Pensions shows the number of advisers who want an outright ban on SIPP providers earning money from retained interest charges in projections and reduction in yield calculations – the so-called “interest turn” from SIPP cash accounts – has almost doubled in the last six months.
Published: 25 Nov 2016Transparency in the retirement planning sector is no longer a nice-to-have; it is a must-have. We are all aware of the problems that have beset the financial industry in recent years. The best way to ensure the problems do not return is to do all we can to help the pensions industry remain open to scrutiny at all times.