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DC charge cap 'failed to simplify pensions'

Professional Pensions | 04 Apr 2014 | 10:40 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

Darren Philp says the government missed an opportunity to simplify the charging structure

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IMA: Industry must innovate for retirement income flexibility success

Jonathan Lipkin says it's time for the industry to step up to make flexibility of retirement income a success

Professional Pensions | 04 Apr 2014 | 10:33 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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£3K liberation penalty is a drop in the ocean for scammers

As George Osborne kicked off his pensions ‘revolution’ last week, the government sought to ease concerns about potential fraud by handing HMRC some new powers to tackle liberation.

Professional Pensions | 27 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Pensions flexibility must come with stability

So much changes, yet so much remains the same following this year’s budget. On the face of it, the government’s plan to scrap restrictions on how people take pensions income is radical

Professional Pensions | 27 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Savers want to know where their money goes

Osborne’s 2014 Budget speech was filled with new announcements aimed at encouraging saving.

Professional Pensions | 27 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Steve Webb is a minister at the end of his tether

Whenever the camera panned to Steve Webb during last week’s budget, the pensions minister looked distinctly unhappy.

Professional Pensions | 27 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Is compulsion the way forward?

Auto-enrolment (AE) has been a great success so far with three million people now enrolled into a pension scheme.

Professional Pensions | 20 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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LGPS 2014: It’s all over bar the costing

Following the dramatic delays of the 2008 reforms, Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) 2014 has been relatively smooth sailing.

Professional Pensions | 20 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Schemes shift allocations as confidence falls

Investment confidence is plummeting.

Professional Pensions | 20 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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We can’t wait another year to sort out annuities

I am sure I wasn’t the only one to be extremely disappointed by the findings of the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) thematic review of the annuity market.

Professional Pensions | 20 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Trustees know decumulation must change

Going by Professional Pensions’ very own Pensions Buzz survey, there’s a fair amount of ambivalence about annuities.

Professional Pensions | 13 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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QE has undermined pensions

The UK was teetering on the brink of full-scale depression when the decision was taken to slash interest rates to 0.5% and introduce quantitative easing (QE). Five years on, the economic situation is looking much better.

Professional Pensions | 13 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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TPR faces a mammoth AE task

The news that The Pensions Regulator (TPR) launched more than 500 auto-enrolment (AE) investigations in the last six months is not surprising.

Professional Pensions | 13 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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