UK - The Financial Services Authority's outgoing chairman, Sir Howard Davies, has criticised Sandler's proposed suite of stakeholder products.
Sir Howard told the Association of British Insurers’ annual conference that financial advisers are not “product designers” and should not be subject to price controls.
He said: “It is very difficult to find evidence from any other industry that proves price controls are good for consumers.”
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has set out plans to use "new regulatory initiatives" with over 1,000 schemes as it aims to tighten its regulatory grip and boost member outcomes.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced it is delaying the provision of data that will enable pension schemes to confirm the guaranteed minimum pension (GMP) benefits to pay to members until the end of the year.
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