In order to have completed this qualification, individuals were required to obtain three units. These could have been selected from any combination of the available units at that time but must have included the compulsory G10 unit - Taxation and Trusts.
This examination assesses the candidate to develop in depth financial planning skills related to personal and corporate pensions.
This examination assessed a knowledge and understanding of the UK tax system, the law and practice of trusts, but also an ability to advise individual clients on the tax treatment of their investments and the use of trusts to meet their current and foreseeable future needs.
This examination enhanced general pension knowledge, particularly in pension transfers and opt-out business.
To achieve DipPFS individuals must achieve 140 credits. At least 80 credits must be at Diploma or AFPC level.
This examination assesses the candidate to develop an understanding of the financial planning process when giving advice to clients.
This examination assessed a knowledge and understanding of investments and an ability to advise individual clients on the construction of investment portfolios to meet both their current and foreseeable future needs.
At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the: process of decumulating pension funds and the main issues for clients and advisers; main choices facing members of pensions schemes during decumulation; features, risks and tax treatment of the secured pension option; features, risks and tax treatment of the unsecured pension option; features, risks and tax treatment of phased retirement; features, risks and tax treatment of the alternatively secured pension option.
At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the: main tax and legal frameworks that govern the accumulation phase of building up retirement benefits under registered pension schemes; features of defined contribution and defined benefit pensions; choices faced by early leavers and use of transfer value analysis; State retirement benefits available, including the risks and suitability of contracting out of the State Second Pension.
This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of investment products and the risks involved.
Blackstone Moregate specialise in working with individuals and corporates, providing solutions that meet our clients objectives by fully understanding their needs. By combining our expertise and experience with a pragmatic approach, this often will produce results from "outside the box" that goes beyond the obvious and delivers a better outcome. We will look after all your important financial needs from pensions and investments to protection planning. We are particularly specialists in all aspects pension and Estate Planning.
Combined with our lateral thinking, as well as in house specialisms in pension, tax and estate planning, we are able to produce innovative and customised solutions. We maintain the highest standards of professionalism and pride ourselves on understanding our clients. We have been advising clients in this way for over 25 years.
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