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More than half of all pension pots are still being cashed out in full, as fewer people seeking professional guidance, new figures from the FCA have revealed.

The FCA’s latest retirement income market data for 2022/23 published today has revealed that the overall value of money being withdrawn from pension pots is falling, dropping 5% to £43.199m from £45,638m in 2021/22.

The FCA is proposing to increase its minimum and flat rate fees, as well as application fees, by an average 8.75% which could mean Financial Planners facing an overall hike in charges of 4.9%.

The FCA has opened a consultation into new guidance to be added to its Perimeter Guidance Manual (PERG) as the much-delayed Pension Dashboards Programme continues to inch forwards.

The Financial Conduct Authority has today written to the chief executives of financial advice firms asking them to review their retirement income advice processes. 

The FCA is to conduct a review into what regulated firms are doing to understand and respond to the needs of customers in vulnerable circumstances.

A report this morning from Hargreaves Lansdown found that the pension gender gap continues to grow.

The FCA has launched a criminal investigation into Newcastle-based wealth manager WealthTek LLP following the discovery of an £81.5m gap in the firms’ finances.

The FCA has cancelled the permission of KBFS Financial Limited (FRN: 831504) to carry out regulated business following restrictions imposed in October over concerns about its failure to pay redress to former members of the British Steel Pension Scheme.

The FCA and its Practitioner Panel are set to launch a joint survey of 25,000 regulated firms shortly to seek feedback on how the FCA is regulating the sector.

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