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There has been unprecedented change in the pensions industry in recent years and SIPPs have been no exception. 

You may be forgiven for thinking regulations in respect of workplace pensions has little to do with SIPPs, yet recent proposals from the FCA could catch many thousands of SIPPs in the workplace net.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is concerned about how pension freedoms are impacting consumers and quite rightly so, especially with regards to those accessing their retirement savings and not taking advice, putting them at risk of running out of money, or worse, being scammed.
Staveley will be a familiar name to many. The test case for IHT treatment of pensions following transfer in ill health has been in the news many times since Mrs Staveley’s passing all the way back in December 2006.
It has recently been announced that divorce laws will be changing.
Before you think you are reading an old article, I am of course referring to the start of the new tax year. 
It seems a long time since we had an annual allowance (AA) of £255,000. These days most pension savers are restricted to £40,000, but the money purchase annual allowance (MPAA) and the horribly complex tapered annual allowance (TAA) impose significant further restrictions for many. HMRC’s pension contribution statistics for 2016-17 tax year give us the first indication of the impact of the tapered annual allowance, and it’s not pretty.
It doesn't seem possible that it is 30 years since the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson, stood to deliver his Budget on 14 March 1989. The immortal words ‘I propose to make it easier for people in personal pension schemes to manage their own investments’ led to what is now the self invested pensions (SIPP).
Automatic enrolment (AE) has, by and large, been a success story. Opt outs have been fewer than predicted and the 10 millionth employee has been auto-enrolled, according to figures recently released by The Pensions Regulator (TPR). It’s also been good to see TPR getting their teeth into a few unscrupulous employers that have flouted the rules to show they mean business.
We recently saw the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issue a policy statement in response to the consultation it carried out in June 2018 on retirement outcomes. As part of the consultation exercise, the FCA engaged with SIPP providers and the industry body AMPS, among others.
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