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    Secondary Annuities Market – thousands will be disappointed

    Secondary Annuities Market – thousands will be disappointed

    18 October, 2016 Thousands Of People Will Feel Let Down By Government Decision To Abandon Secondary Annuity Market Major disappointment for thousands of people:  The Government’s decision not to proceed with its proposals to allow people to sell back their annuity income will come as a major disappointment to thousands of people.  Many have been waiting anxiously for the opportunity to undo the annuity they were forced to buy and will feel let down by today’s announcement that the secondary…

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    FCA study of annuity selling highlights worrying failings

    FCA study of annuity selling highlights worrying failings

    14 October, 2016 FCA finds clear evidence of annuity mis-selling to customers in poor health but process of investigation and redress is painfully slow Seriously ill customers short-changed for the rest of their shortened life – need swift action Tens of thousands in line for redress At least one in three firms have failed customers and will have to compensate FCA findings welcome but customers need urgent action not still more reviews FCA findings from its investigation of whether annuity…

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    My farewell blog…

    My farewell blog…

      As most readers of this blog will know by now, I have been appointed Minister for Pensions in David Cameron’s new government. Having spent so many years studying pensions, savings and retirement policy as an independent expert, I have the chance of working inside government to drive things forward.  It will certainly keep me busy and be a great new challenge. Recent years have seen sweeping changes to our pensions system, changes which have started to move pensions in…

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    Pension Freedom Day is great news for pensions – here’s what you need to know

    Pension Freedom Day is great news for pensions – here’s what you need to know

    6th April 2015 Pension freedom is great news for pensions – new rules make them more user-friendly, now industry needs to help customers benefit from the changes Don’t be in a rush to take money out of a pension and suffer the tax consequences I believe most people will be responsible with their money, I trust people Pension Wise is there to help – make sure you use it 030 0330 1001 From today, April 6th 2015, the rules governing…

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    Cashing-in annuities – Budget consultation will pave the way to sell unwanted annuities

    Cashing-in annuities – Budget consultation will pave the way to sell unwanted annuities

    15th March 2015   The pensions revolution rolls on!  Pension freedoms extended to current pensioners too At last, some hope for millions of people trapped in products they never wanted to buy Of course there are risks, but Regulator and Pension Wise can help protect customers  The Treasury will consult on how best to establish a market for second-hand annuities.  This will be popular option with many of the five million or more people who have bought annuities in recent…

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    Cashing in unwanted annuities

    Cashing in unwanted annuities

    12 March 2015 Why allowing people to unlock annuities makes sense Millions forced to buy unwanted annuities would now have an option to cash in if they need to Nobody will be forced to sell their annuity back, but they can if they need or want to The proposals to allow people to cash-in annuities that they were forced to buy under the old pension rules could prove popular for many of those who have unwanted or low value annuities. …

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    Cashing-in annuities

    Cashing-in annuities

    5 January 2015 Steve Webb calls for annuities to be cashed-in to extend pension freedom Many would love the chance to take the money instead of a tiny income  But how would this work – what penalties and charges would there be for surrender?  Pensions Minister, Steve Webb, has called for an extension of the radical overhaul of pensions to include existing pensioners who may have bought annuities but are not happy with their deal. In principle, I think this…

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    FCA just doesn’t ‘get it’ – pension customers need immediate protection from mis-selling

    FCA just doesn’t ‘get it’ – pension customers need immediate protection from mis-selling

    11 December 2014 FCA still fails to ensure customers are properly protected despite finding frequent mis-selling Regulator proposes more consultation and investigation instead of immediate action to protect customers Annuities irreversible, people still effectively forced to buy, but the most vulnerable being let down As annuities are insurance against running out of money if you live a very long time in retirement, those in poor health must be protected from wasting their pension funds The FCA has just published findings…

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    Mis-sold annuities over past 10 years could amount to £8.5bn

    Mis-sold annuities over past 10 years could amount to £8.5bn

    1 December 2014 A leading newspaper asked me last week to calculate some estimates of the possible or potential losses suffered by pensioners over the past 10 years as a result of buying unsuitable annuity products.  They wanted an estimate of a potential base for mis-selling claims, following revelations that Aviva has already compensated some customers who were found to have been sold inappropriate annuities. Over the years, customers reaching their scheme pension age have received an annuity offer with…

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    The pensions revolution – what does it mean?

    The pensions revolution – what does it mean?

    30 September 2014 So many people have been asking me about the new pension changes and what they might mean, I have put together a quick Q&A to address some of these with my comments.  Hope you find it of interest.  There are profound implications for pension products and pension savers – as well as for regulators of course, to make sure people understand what this all means for them. If in good health, perhaps you shouldn’t buy an annuity…

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