Responding to the FCA’s proposed changes to advice on pension transfers, Philip Brown, Head of Policy at LV=, said: “The regulator’s proposed changes to pension transfer advice are welcome news for people approaching retirement. Since 2015, there has been a stark rise in the number of people wanting to transfer out of their defined benefit scheme to take advantage of the Freedom and Choice reforms. Therefore it’s vital there are strong safeguards in place to protect people from making choices without first understanding all the risks.
“We wholeheartedly agree advice on transfers should be a personal recommendation and strongly support changing how transfer values are presented. These changes should mean people aren’t unduly influenced into giving up valuable benefits and ensure they can have a safe and secure retirement.”