On 2 April, I celebrated my 72nd birthday. It was a joyful day with my wife and daughters spent at our rustic New England home overlooking a pond.
The events of the last few weeks have impacted just about every aspect of everyday living – including the world of pensions.
Eighteen months ago PIMFA refurbished our offices in City Road, necessitating a six-week work-from-home programme for our entire team.
We will soon know if higher and top rate pensions savings tax relief is cut in the Budget. The Treasury says this would save £10bn per year and justify it on the grounds of fairness. This justification is flawed.
As we head towards another Budget and tax year end, we are yet again considering the impact that the Pension Freedoms are having on those retiring now and in the future.
It is human nature that when we are asked to give an opinion or to answer a question that what we say in response has positive connotations, that is we want to be able to help and where possible give good news, writes Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Wealth Manager John Rook.
Our business has a head office in Cranleigh, Surrey, which is the largest village in England; at least it's one of several in England claiming to be the largest.
It may have escaped your notice but the end of February marks the 30th anniversary of the first SIPP being established.
For some people, their professional body is just a means to retaining the letters after their name or a Statement of Professional Standing. This is part of what our professional bodies do, but it’s not the only thing. They are far from just being certificate-generating exam providing organisations.
It won’t have escaped the attention of those of us in the industry that the Financial Conduct Authority has made changes to the FCA Register, removing the name of all those in customer facing roles (except where they hold a senior management function).
I’m really happy to be part of the executive driving the new Initiative for Financial Wellbeing.