Pensions CPD hub

Online resources for your continued professional development

You need to complete a minimum of 35 hours of CPD each year for retail investment activities, of which 21 hours should be structured. If you also sell insurance, the 15 hours required by the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) can be included in that.

Policy statement PS20/6 podcast

After listening to this podcast you’ll be able to:

  • Explain how the ban on contingent charging is being applied.
  • Understand the strengthened requirement to consider a workplace pension as a destination for pension transfers.
  • Explain the features of abridged advice.
  • Identify changes the FCA has introduced to empower consumers during the advice process.

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Workplace pensions for independent schools

After listening to the podcast you will have an understanding of:

  • The background to the opportunities with independent schools.
  • What the opportunities are for advisers.
  • Some of the structures implemented by private schools that have already exited the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
  • Some of the advantages and disadvantages of alternative arrangements.
  • The consultation process and the importance of member engagement.

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Responsible investment - ‘Back to the sustainable future’ webinar

After watching this webinar you’ll understand:

  • The key regulatory and legislative changes being introduced for ESG investing.
  • The terms and issues relating to responsible investing.
  • The global macro initiatives driving the development of sustainable finance.
  • How to identify ways to incorporate ESG considerations into your advisory process.

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Income drawdown - the good, the bad and the ugly

After watching this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify risk factors associated with income drawdown.
  • Be able to list the regulator's main concerns with income drawdown.
  • Identify how you can review your client's drawdown plan compliantly and cost effectively.

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Workplace pensions

workplace pensions cpd

After watching this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Describe the size of the workplace pension market.
  • Understand the concerns of employers in relation to workplace pensions.
  • Demonstrate the benefit of salary exchange in workplace pensions.
  • Identify ways to add value to workplace pension schemes.

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Benefit options and lifetime allowance

The main purpose of a pension is to provide a member with an income when they reach a certain age. This section provides information on the way benefits can be taken and the limits, protections and allowances that are available to your clients.

educationOpening the door to lifetime allowance and relevant life

After watching this webinar, you'll have an understanding of:

  • How the lifetime allowance works, what protection is available for it and how it works upon death.
  • The main features and benefits of a relevant life plan and how it could be an efficient form of life cover for those clients with a lifetime allowance issue.
  • How to identify opportunities to position relevant life as a viable protection solution for your clients.

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educationLifetime allowance – a master-class of the technicalities

income drawdown cpd

After watching this webinar, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate the impact the LTA may have on your clients’ pension planning.
  • Evaluate the impact the LTA may have on the benefits available on your clients’ death.
  • Explain to clients how the LTA may affect their pension planning and how they could reduce or eliminate the impact.
  • Estimate the likely LTA charge on taking benefits or on death.

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educationLifetime allowance – take it to the limit…and beyond

Lifetime allowance cpd

After watching this webinar, you'll have an understanding of:

  • Why the LTA was introduced.
  • How it works and the various protections available.
  • The options available if the LTA is breached and whether an opt-out is suitable.
  • Other factors impacting suitability and the regulatory requirements.

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Contributions, annual allowance and tax relief

This section covers various aspects of contributions paid to UK Registered pension schemes including information on tax relief and the annual allowance including carry forward.

Annual allowance, who's afraid of the big bad tax charge

annual allowance cpd

At the end of this webinar, you'll have an understanding of:

  • How the annual, money purchase, and tapered allowances work. 
  • The operation and advantages of "scheme pays".
  • How to calculate whether an opt-out is suitable.
  • Regulatory requirements.

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Business owner - the need for financial planning

At the end of this webinar, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of pensions for the business owner.
  • Detail the issues in pensions planning.
  • Consider the business and the owner and the implications for each.
  • Explain retirement and death benefit options.

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Pension contributions and tax relief 

good parent portfolio cpd

After reading this section, you'll have an understanding of:

  • How tax relief works on member, employer and third party pension contributions.
  • How the annual allowance, tapered annual allowance and pension input periods work.
  • How the annual allowance can be reduced for high earning individuals.
  • How carry forward can be used.

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Tax relief and annual allowance

good parent portfolio cpd

At the end of this webinar, you'll have an understanding of:

  • the rules on tax relief and how much is available
  • the relationship between the annual allowance and tax relief
  • how to calculate the annual allowance when the taper applies
  • how to calculate unused annual allowance using carry forward
  • ... and more

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educationPensions Tax planning

income drawdown cpd

After watching this webinar you'll understand:

  • Pension tax traps and how to avoid them.
  • Intergenerational tax planning opportunities.
  • How pensions can help with the taxation of other wrappers.

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Death benefits

death benefits cpd

After watching this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify what death benefit choices are available.
  • Explain the taxation of death benefits.
  • Understand the impact of IHT on death benefits.
  • Describe spousal bypass trusts and how they work.

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MiFID – a PROD at the adviser impacts

death benefits cpd

After watching this webinar, you'll have an understanding of:

  • the main adviser impacts of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II).
  • the costs and charges disclosure requirements.
  • the impacts of MiFID II on the different centralised investment propositions (CIP).
  • how MiFID II implements the FCA product governance (PROD) rules.

 

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Pensions and divorce

pension and divorce cpd

After watching this webinar, you'll have an understanding of:

  • Understand the divorce process and the options available for pensions in a divorce settlement.
  • Explain the impact of pension freedoms on pensions and divorce.
  • Consider the issues facing clients and solicitor connections in relation to pension and divorce.

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Steve Webb on the state pension

Steve Webb on the state pension umbrella visual

After watching this webinar, you'll have an understanding of:

  • How the new state pension is calculated.
  • Who can top up their state pension through voluntary NI and when this does and does not make sense.
  • The government’s latest thinking on state pension age changes.
  • How state pension deferral works under the new system.
  • State pension statements.

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