24 March 2011
Kim North believes a raft of property funds will launch in the UK as Reits as many offshore firms will look to move onshore following new rules to stimulate growth.
Mike Morrison says the amalgamation of income tax and national insurance could impact the use of salary exchange as a tax-efficient way of paying pension contributions.
Jonathan Cornell says the success of the £250m scheme will be down to the support of the lenders.
Mark Chilton expects a “wall of money” to fly into VCTs over the next two weeks following yesterday’s Budget announcements.
Colin Jelley says non-UK domiciles continue to be a target for the coalition.
Paul Farrow says investment trusts offer value to investors despite the criticism over the years and low retail take-up.
Rob Reid has real concerns that providers all have their own perception of what is enough to comply with the RDR rules but will they be fit for purpose?
Gilchrist predicts that by 2015 the majority of IFAs will be small and medium- sized firms that look more like accountancy practices.
Adrian Lowcock says it is natural for financial markets to overreact to catastrophic events.
Kevin Duffy says Lloyds Banking Group plans to focus its distribution strategy on brokers is an example of the new boss “cracking heads” at the firm.
It appears the age of austerity has still not reached the Canary Wharf offices of the regulator.
Mark Dampier looks at the opportunities in the market for the many investors who have left their Isa selection until the very last minute.
Philip Milton explains why he has decided to add a specific client charge to cover the costs of the FSCS.
Lindsey Joseph says the European Court ban on gender pricing could help advisers in their PMI business.
Arbuthnot Latham has launched a discretionary investment management service for IFAs.
John Charcol senior technical manager Ray Boulger has slammed the network panel model, suggesting that many clients are being denied the best deal.
Wednesday’s Budget has been hailed for relying on industry consultation which experts suggest will result in better policy.
Albion Ventures has welcomed the Government’s decision to crack down on some VCT and EIS providers.
A radical reform of the state pension system is planned which could see the pension age linked to longevity and a £140 a week flat-rate benefit.
Property consultants question whether the Government will do anything more than remove the 2 per cent conversion charge on Reits.
TSC member says Bank of England governor Mervyn King has the BoE’s court of directors “under his thumb”.
The FSA has clarified that severely ill or disabled IFAs who want to continue to give advice post-RDR may not have to pass QCF level four by the end of 2012.
The Government will introduce a 10 per cent inheritance tax discount for estates leaving 10 per cent or more to charity.
Centre for Policy Studies research fellow Michael Johnson has hit back after Lord John Hutton suggested his calls for public sector pension schemes to be fully funded are “ideological”.
Legal & General has ditched its exclusivity deal with Cofunds, which could pave the way for a launch of its own IFA platform.
Towergate Financial Glasgow managing director Douglas McIntyre is leaving the company at the end of April to set up his own firm.
“I’m like a shark in a puddle.”
Polar Capital plans to launch a fund investing in global financial stocks and may also alter its European financials fund.
Public sector employers could face additional pension costs of more than £8bn a year at current prices after the Government set the discount rate for pension contributions at 3 per cent above the consumer price index level.
Mortgage experts suggest the £250m shared-equity scheme to help first-time buyers raise a deposit will have a limited impact in boosting the housing market.