In case you haven’t yet heard, the FCA have now deferred the capital adequacy requirements until 31 December 2015. Read more

Yesterday some of the Para-Sols team joined Paraplanners from all around the country for the first ever ‘Paraplanners Powwow’.  This national event was held in the beautiful Upper Aynho Grounds in Northamptonshire, in a teepee. Yes, a teepee, complete with a campfire and a totem pole. Read more

We were recently asked to provide some input for a white paper which Nucleus have produced on recruitment within financial planning practices. We are all too aware of the difficulties of this, particularly with regards to finding paraplanners, and so were all too happy to provide some thoughts.

The paper can be found here – thanks to Nucleus for requesting our input and we hope you find the paper of some use if you are in the process of recruiting.

In June of this year, HMRC published a consultation paper announcing the introduction of two new types of protection for those affected by the drop in the Lifetime Allowance in April 2014 from £1.5m to £1.25. The two types of protection are Individual Protection 2014 and Fixed Protection 2014 with one of the key differences being that you can continue to make contributions with Individual Protection, whereas they must be stopped if electing for Fixed Protection. The two types are summarised in the table below:

Individual Protection 2014 Fixed Protection 2014
How does it work? Pension savers can apply for a personal lifetime allowance, up to £1.5m, based on the value of their pensions at 5th April 2014 Pension savers can apply to have a lifetime allowance of £1.5m, applicable for as long as this is higher than the standard lifetime allowance
Who can apply? Anyone with pension savings worth more than £1.25m at 5th April 2014 who does not hold enhanced or primary protection Those who already have pensions of more than £1.25m or think they may do when they take their pension. They must not have enhanced or primary protection
When can you apply? Likely from 6th April 2014 Now
When is the deadline? 5th April 2017 5th April 2014
Can the client continue to contribute? Yes No

HMRC have now released a form to apply for Fixed Protection, FP2014, which has been available since 12th August 2013 and can be found here. There will not be any certificates issued from HMRC before November 2013. They have also confirmed that Individual Protection plans are still in the pipeline and it may be worth holding off applying for Fixed Protection (which can be done any time before 5th April 2014) until the full plans for Individual Protection have been outlined. Individual Protection will not be available to be applied for before 6th April 2014.

We’ve now received some of the official photos from the Bootcamp we all did recently so thought we would share them here with you… go Team Fubar!

Go team!

Go team!

Hahaha!

Hahaha!

You Are FAB

You Are FAB

Action woman 2

Action woman 1

Action woman 1

Action woman 2

The easy part...

The easy part…

Smiling through the pain!

Smiling through the pain!

Nice and clean at the beginning!

Nice and clean at the beginning!

Definitely not last....

Definitely not last….

FUBAR!

FUBAR!