Annuity sales rise 22% at L&G

Individual annuity sales jumped 22 per cent last year at Legal and General, latest results show. Bucking a wider market trend of falling sales since the pension freedoms, the insurer put part of the spike down to “increased intermediary presence”. FCA data shows annuity sales from October 2015 to March 2016 for those accessing their pots for the first time …

Retirement ProfessionalsAnnuity sales rise 22% at L&G

Small pension pot withdrawals avoid triggering MPAA tax charge

Advisers can prevent clients from triggering the money purchase annual allowance (MPAA) by ensuring they draw money from small pension pots of £10,000 and under, according to new analysis from Royal London. Advisers can prevent clients from triggering the money purchase annual allowance (MPAA) by ensuring they draw money from smaller pension pots, according to new analysis from Royal London. …

Retirement ProfessionalsSmall pension pot withdrawals avoid triggering MPAA tax charge

FCA fines Standard Life Assurance £30m over annuity sales failures

Standard Life has been fined £30.7 million by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) over failures in selling non-advised annuities. The regulator took action against Standard Life Assurance, now owned by closed-book pension provider Phoenix, over enhanced annuity sales between July 2008 and May 2016. ‘Standard Life Assurance failed to put in place adequate controls to monitor the quality of the …

Retirement ProfessionalsFCA fines Standard Life Assurance £30m over annuity sales failures

FCA proposes new pension freedom rules

The FCA says it expects firms to “challenge themselves on the level of charges they impose on investment pathways” and could consider imposing a cap. The FCA is consulting on new measures to stop consumers losing out on pension income when they access their pension freedoms. The regulator has previously expressed concern about consumers moving into drawdown and holding their …

Retirement ProfessionalsFCA proposes new pension freedom rules

HMRC publish latest Pension Freedom withdrawal payments

HMRC has today published its latest update on flexible payments from pensions > Official statistics can be found by clicking here. 574,000 withdrawals were made by 264,000 people in quarter 2 2018, with total withdrawals in this quarter exceeding £2.2 billion. Since pension freedoms, 3.7 million withdrawals have been made by 1 million people, totalling £17.45 billion (April 2015 – …

Retirement ProfessionalsHMRC publish latest Pension Freedom withdrawal payments

No rethink of pension freedoms tax despite £37m in overpayments

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has said there will be no rethink of controversial emergency taxes on the pension freedom withdrawals made by millions of savers, despite pressure from the industry to change its approach. The current rules require providers to charge emergency tax the first time someone uses the pension freedoms to access their pension savings. As a result, …

Retirement ProfessionalsNo rethink of pension freedoms tax despite £37m in overpayments