For firms and advisers, providing advice around the transfer of Defined Benefit (DB) pensions schemes to Defined Contribution (DC) schemes has resulted in increased regulatory scrutiny. The high risk of customer harm and typically the complex nature of providing DB transfer advice should driving firms to evaluate the potential liability contained within their DB book.
Taking a proactive response is critical, and Firms should, therefore, be looking closely at the quality of their past business, as well as carefully assessing business purchased. In addition, implementing robust sales practices and governance and controls frameworks, all aligned to regulatory expectations, is key to ensuring the ongoing quality of advice.
The Huntswood Podcast:
DEFINED BENEFIT PENSIONS IN THE CURRENT CLIMATE
Baroness Ros Altmann shares her views on the significant changes in the pensions sector over recent years and outlines what to look out for on the horizon.
DB PENSION TRANSFERS: WHAT SHOULD FIRMS BE DOING
Zein Al-Bader is joined by Paul Dyer and Andy Sutherland to discuss the regulators interventionist approach and what this means for the industry as a whole.
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Read our latest articles and regulatory updates regarding Defined Benefits Pensions:
Defined benefit pensions regulation – a view from Baroness Ros Altmann
Are pension providers meeting expectations? And what could be done to ensure consistency throughout the market
Understanding the FCA’s new policy on DB pension transfers
Improve your DB advice operating model to meet and exceed advice standards
Defined benefit transfers – Change on the horizon?
Defined Benefit pension transfers remain a sticky topic in the industry. It remains up to firms to prove they are providing suitable advice
Regulatory update: CP19 / 25 – Pension transfer advice: contingent charging and other proposed changes
The FCA has proposed a ban on contingent charging within the pension transfer advice market – but will it deliver good outcomes?
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