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APFA calls for pause on secondary annuity market

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The Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA) has today published its response to the FCA consultation on the forthcoming secondary annuities market. 

APFA says that the upheaval and uncertainty in the financial markets following the UK’s vote to leave the EU meant that HM Treasury and the FCA should put plans for the secondary annuity market on hold.
 
Chris Hannant, APFA Director General, says: “Now that the UK public has voted to leave the EU, the financial markets are facing considerable uncertainty and upheaval. Financial advisers, their clients and the public have a lot on their plate to contend with over the next few years. 
 
“I have concerns about the workability of the proposals as the vast majority of financial advisers I have spoken have said they just aren’t interested. There is therefore the risk of a mismatch of supply and demand, particularly given the creation of a mandatory advice requirement for those whose annuities are valued above a certain threshold.
 
“HM Treasury and the FCA need to recognise that the time is therefore not right to push ahead with their plans for creating a new secondary annuities market.  I believe the correct course of action is to shelve these plans until advisers and their clients have had the time to digest and work through the current market uncertainty.”

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