Safeguarded rights - frequently asked questions

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Yes it does, although there would be no need for the adviser involved in the transaction to be a pension transfer specialist.  Where firms only want permission to be able to transfer plans where GARs are the only safeguarded benefit, the FCA will consider granting a limited permission.

2.2 Permissive Regime - FCA:GC20/1 Guidance consultation Advising on pension transfers

Yes, advising on conversion or transfer of safeguarded rights to flexible benefits now counts as a pension transfer. So even if this conversion can be done within the same scheme, the adviser would need to be a pension transfer specialist and the firm would have to have permission to advise on pension transfers. The only exception would be where the safeguarded rights in question are GARs.

2.5 – 2.9 Definitions and application of Handbook rules - FCA: GC20/1 Guidance consultation Advising on pension transfers

If the transfer is of safeguarded benefits (except GARs), then yes. If it involves DC benefits only, with no safeguarded benefits, then no. Again, the advising firm has to have permission to transact pension transfers.

2.5 – 2.9 Definitions and application of Handbook rules - FCA: GC20/1 Guidance consultation Advising on pension transfers

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