Having achieved the APFS designation, advisers can go onto to achieve this recognisable benchmark of quality and ethical practice for financial services professionals, elevating financial planning and advice in the public eye to the same standing as other Chartered professions. The holder must demonstrate a combination of experience, financial qualifications, ongoing educational activity (continuous professional development) and ethical behaviour.
This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry, mortgage products, repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.
The Diploma enhances knowledge in core areas such as regulation, investment principles, risk, taxation and personal financial planning using real-life scenarios to develop the essential skills to apply this technical knowledge in practice
This qualification is for those individuals that wish to undertake additional qualifications above the benchmark requirement and covers investment strategies, taxation, trusts and later life planning.
This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of pension transfer options available and their implications, including income options, legislation and regulations impacting pension transfers, transitional issues as a result of different forms of protection, and the relationship between pension returns and options and investment and capital risk.
I advise on all aspects of individual financial planning. I also specialise in the transfer of guaranteed pensions benefits, such as final salary pensions. Specifically I help the individual to;
Compare the benefits you might give up if you transfer out of your employer’s scheme with the benefits you might get if you transfer into a new employer’s scheme or a personal/stakeholder pension.
Assess the level to which your employer’s pension scheme is funded, the risk that your benefits might be reduced and the effect on any transfer value offered.
Check the difference between defined benefit and defined contribution arrangements.
Check your full range of options.
Transferring out of a Final Salary scheme is unlikely to be in the best interests of most people.
The value of pensions and investments and the income they produce can fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you invested.
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