Important update to our post : Match & Mix Level Six – the Multi Body PTS Conundrum

As a result of one of our recently published blogs about PTS qualifications, things have been getting interesting! A student had contacted the LIBF concerned that her studies with them would not allow her to meet the pensions transfer criteria. She had read our blog below: https://expertpensions.co.uk/2019/06/match-mix-level-six-the-multi-body-pts-conundrum/ The FCA Handbook does indeed currently say: “Pension […]

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Match & Mix Level Six – the Multi Body PTS Conundrum by Andrew Houghton

It’s a question that has been asked of us a few times over the last few months. Can you mix and match examining bodies to become a PTS. If you’ve done your CII diploma, can you do PETR with it? What about DipFa holders doing AF7? And where does PTPA fit into the equation. The […]

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CII Results – What Next?

The results will soon be with you (finally)! The results of all your hard work and determination, which you may have been trying to push to the back of your mind and between the mixed emotions of anticipation, fear, anxiety and delight the most important thing to remember is that you need to keep everything […]

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The CII Route to Chartered – How long will it take me and what are the best options?

To achieve the Advanced Diploma, you need to accumulate 290 CII credits. If you hold the Level 4 Regulated Diploma, you have earned 100 credits and therefore have a 190 credit shortfall. I won’t go into detail here, but you will need a minimum 4 Advanced Diploma modules which total 120 credits, plus gap-fill from […]

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My Journey to Chartered by Duncan Cook Chartered Financial Planner

Like many financial advisers, I have for some time, harboured an ambition to become a Chartered Financial Planner. I even went as far as ordering the CII AF3 (Pension Planning) workbook, more than once but never really got down to any meaningful study. There always seemed to be a valid reason to start some other […]

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Our AF8 Study Package is going to save you time, money and a whole lot of stress!

We’ve had a lot of enquiries about AF8 lately. The coursework consists of three written assignments, each between 2,500 and 3,000 words. A minimum of 50% must achieved on each assignment. The exam will test your ability to evaluate a clients’ personal and financial positions, and also the ability to formulate strategies for areas such […]

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April 2019 AF7 Exam Analysis by John Reynolds

It was a beautiful sunshine-soaked day in the Scottish Highlands in Perth and I’m ready to sit the AF7 exam. Yes, I’ve done a couple before, but with this new exam, I am still curious as to how it’s presented to us and how best to tackle it – and that’s best done in the […]

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As one exam session ends another one begins

As we wish the very best of luck to everyone who is taking their exams next week, we are already looking forward to welcoming our new students for the October 2019 session. The dates you need to know are as follows: 7th October AF1 8th October AF4 and AF7 9th October AF5 The table below shows the CII […]

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What is the CII Examiner really looking for?

When it comes to that all-important exam day, you might find that there is a BIG difference between absorbing the information you need and then putting what you have learnt into practice…in the time given in the exam. Being able to deliver word-perfect factual information in the context of a case-study you will see for […]

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Thousands of state pensions to be cut in government reconciliation exercise by Andrew Houghton

A number of pensioners may be in line for an unpleasant surprise in the latest instalment of the state pension reconciliation saga. As some of you may be aware, the Government’s reconciliation service was aimed at allowing occupational pension scheme providers to reconcile their records with those of HMRC. To start at the beginning, those […]

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