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Category Archive for: ‘UK news’

Exchange rate spikes and how to take advantage

Brexit, Trump and so much more, it seems that everyday is a rollercoaster on the exchange rate front. With so much uncertainty there is always a temptation to wait things out until calmness prevails, see what things will look like after Brexit or once Trump losses control of the house of representatives.   Our years of experience tell us that …

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Demystifying FCA advice for final salary pensions

Every final salary pension transfer over £30,000 needs FCA advice ack in 2016 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) made it complusory for anyone wishing to transfer a final salary pension scheme where the transfer value was over £30,000 to obtain FCA advice. Over time the FCA have become more and more prescriptive about the form of this advice. The reason …

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Siege mentality of UK pension providers making transfers hard

UK pension providers appear to be grinding slowly to a halt on all pension transfers as walls go up and a seige mentality grips them. Emboldened by UK regulators effectively stating “that money in UK pensions should stay in UK pensions”, UK providers are throwing up as many roadblocks as they can for people wanting to legitimately move their pensions. …

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UK expats and returning Kiwis advised to transfer personal pensions before Brexit

British expats and Kiwis who’ve left their personal pension back in the UK are being advised to transfer it before Brexit kicks in.   The advice is aimed not just at UK expats already living in New Zealand, but also to those planning to emigrate in the near future.   It’s being spurred by increasing concern over the viability of …

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Advisers scamming NZ and OZ based UK pension holders

For years the New Zealand regulator has been building a strong regulatory regime to protect people from bad advice and worse investments. One of the first principles in this protection is a ban on cold calls selling financial services.   A second principle is giving a fair and balanced view in advice.   So if you are cold called telling …

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Huge pension fund deficits are a global crisis in waiting

Ania Zalewska, University of Bath In the past decade, the banking industry has been a central focus of attention for regulators, academics and the general public. The 2007-08 financial crisis led to new regulations and institutions to keep things in check.   In contrast, the issues of the pension industry have tended to be swept deep under the carpet. Much …

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Now harder than ever to transfer a UK pension

It’s never been harder to transfer a UK pension to New Zealand. Over the last three years UK government agencies have put up consistent barriers to stop the outflows of UK pensions to overseas schemes (QROPS). Some barriers have been direct, like the shutting down of pension transfers out of public sector schemes like the NHS, teachers, civil service and …

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Theresa May’s election shambles save UK final salary pension holders

The Conservative government had sought to address the burden of pension commitments in its election manifesto, with a plan to decouple annual rises in pensions from inflation from 2020. But when the election returned a minority government for May propped up by Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionists, the commitment was abandoned.

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UK final salary transfer values falling

U.K. pension deficits fell to the lowest level since the end of 2015, dropping 10 percent in June as yields on government bonds rebounded. The gap between the assets and obligations of U.K. defined-benefit pension plans dropped to June 30, 2017, according to the latest PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s Skyval Index. The index tracks around 6,000 defined benefit schemes in the U.K. …

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Brexit pension transfers consequences

There has been a lot of talk of the general implications of the Brexit vote. But what, in practical terms, is it likely to mean for those with UK pensions and those thinking about transferring their pensions out of the UK. In this article we look at each type of pension, final salary and contributory, to understand the implications for …

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Thank you Cambel for your help and guidance throughout this process in getting my pension transferred (very stress free for me). It is greatly appreciated and I would certainly recommend you and Charter Square to others who are interested in transferring their pension.

David R, New Zealand

You guys rock!

I just wanted to say a great big thank you to you and your team. You are all totally awesome. I received a cheque yesterday from the Prudential to apologise for the ‘recent inconvenience’ that I had experienced. Thank you for doing this for me. You guys rock!

Noelle B, New Zealand

professional, insightful

Charter Square were professional, insightful and a pleasure to work with. They rose to the challenge of consolidating my overseas pensions and bringing them home with minimum fuss for me and maximum effort on their part.

Jens H, New Zealand

thorough, professional and prompt

Very thorough, professional and prompt service from the team at Charter Square. Thanks for making the bewildering world of pension transfers super simple.

Jules T, New Zealand

Best party to deal with

Thank you kindly for keeping in touch with me. For now, I will not be moving my pension. I will however be keeping your details and referring back to you when I wish to pursue. You by far are the best party to deal with, no nonsense, professional and in my opinion genuine. I do sincerely thank you for your advice to date.

GE, New Zealand

Freedom

Securing the freedom to use savings that are actually ours to work with has been stressful in the extreme. While I never planned on giving up there were many times when the current (UK) holder made the whole process seem well beyond my determination and ability. It’s easy to look at the 36 month history of this claim with the benefit of hindsight, but the conclusion is that employing Charter Square in the first instance would have been wise had I been able to anticipate the red-tape that appears to have been deliberately created to stall access.

CP, Auckland
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