This week, we want your view on whether investment consultants should be regulated.
Naomi Rainey finds out how the Newcastle Theatre Royal prepared for AE with no formal advice
The proportion of schemes that retender for investment consultancy fell to 4.3% in the first half of 2013, IC Select says.
Broadstone Corporate Benefits has acquired Blythwood Group subject to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) approval.
The majority of respondents to this week's Buzz want the ban on consultancy charging in auto-enrolment (AE) schemes to be extended to cover all defined contribution (DC) schemes.
This week respondents support the Office of Fair Trading’s decision not to refer the DC market, but call for a cap on charges, and question the value of investment consultants
Just under half of this week's contributors said investment consultants added no value when picking managers, while a quarter defended their worth.
Investment consultants' recommendations are not driven by past performance, add no value to investors yet significantly impact inflows, academic research on the US market finds.
Peter Davies has joined AllenbridgeEpic Investment Advisers as a senior adviser, bringing with him more than 30 years of experience in investment management.
Consultants "love" diversified growth funds (DGFs) because they are complicated and difficult to compare, Spence Johnson director Nils Johnson says.
Pensions minister Steve Webb yesterday laid draft regulations before Parliament which will ban consultancy charging (CC) on auto-enrolment (AE) when they come into effect.
The majority of Buzz respondents said providers should not accept new business based on consultancy charging, although one in four said they should continue right down to the wire.
The pensions industry is full of vested interests and must cut out "parasites" in order to regain trust in saving, a consultant says.
Scottish Life has confirmed that it will continue to undertake new auto-enrolment business through consultancy charging, despite being criticised by the pensions minister and releasing a statement apparently announcing a u-turn.
Uncharacteristically, the Buzz participants were unsure about this issue, with more than half answering that they did not know.
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The results of this survey to will provide schemes and sponsors with a peer-to-peer assessment of the different businesses in the market.
First Actuarial’s Henry Tapper says employers should look carefully at adviser remuneration on GPPs
Pensions minister Steve Webb has described consultancy charging as "a classic example of how the industry allowed itself to get bad headlines."
The Work and Pensions Committee has welcomed the government's move to ban consultancy charging on auto-enrolment schemes.
The move to ban consultancy charging is "less dramatic than it sounds" as most of the charges that can end up with the employer's adviser remain unaffected, according to a consultant.
The government has banned consultancy charging in auto-enrolment schemes and will propose a cap on default fund charges in a forthcoming consultation.
JLT Employee Benefits (JLTEB) has suspended consultancy charging on corporate schemes until the Department for Work and Pensions completes its investigation of the practice.
The trustee of the Britvic Northern Ireland pension plan has appointed Buck Consultants to provide complete pension services.