Tuesday, 06 January 2015 16:14

Technical Update: Retirement revolution

So will they buy Lamborghinis or long-dated gilts, diamonds or gold-plated drawdown plans? Quite how those approaching retirement from next April will adjust to the new retirement planning freedoms is the great unanswered question.
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 16:04

Gazzard glimpses into the future for Financial Planning

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With 2014 at an end, it's time to take a look back at what IFP has achieved for members and look forward to what we will be doing in 2015 and beyond, writes IFP chief executive Steve Gazzard  in January's Letter from Redcliff Street.
Veteran Financial Planner Jon Golding shares some tips about an overlooked opportunity for Financial Planners to do well by doing good. In a highly personal viewpoint, he suggests that an economy is only as strong as the quality of financial literacy and capability (FLC) of its people. 
Next year is set to be exciting but challenging for investors with a UK election, Eurozone troubles and the ending of global QE programmes. James Nadal asks some leading experts for their predictions.
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 15:14

IFP corporate member profile: MetLife

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The UK has the opportunity to create a world-leading pensions system with the launch of pensions flexibility from April 2015.
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 15:10

IFP corporate member profile: Oasis Crescent

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The UK government has put a number of measures in place to stimulate a more active savings culture amongst the UK public. If the maximum benefit of this savings drive is to be realized, savers will have to fully appreciate the impact that inflation, volatility and asset diversification has upon the overall investment performance that results over time.
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 15:00

Retirement and estate planning workshops coming up

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Below is a summary of some key dates for your diary in 2015, including a retirement planning workshop.
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 14:50

The only way was Essex for FCA expert

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Essex branch welcomed Rory Percival from the FCA on the topic of "Regulatory myth busting – What the FCA really mean."
It was aimed at popping a few of those myths that the media and consultants seem eager for us planners and advisers to believe, reports branch chairman Sean Condon CFPCM.
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 14:47

'Financial Planning gap message needs to be heard'

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As part of his speech to conference in October, IFP CEO Steve Gazzard CFPCM talked about his concerns over the Financial Planning Gap that exists in the UK and how IFP is getting on the front foot to fight it, reports IFP communications director Sue Whitbread.
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 14:43

IFP says a very big thank you to five branch chairmen

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IFP branches are the lifeblood of the Financial Planning community. Those individuals who give real commitment via time and efforts to run the branches as volunteer chairmen deserve considerable praise and thanks.
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