31 March 2011
John Greenwood says there are still a number of fundamental questions to answer on creating a workable system for advisers wanting to promote a non-fee route come 2013.
Jonathan Gain says that VCTs and EIS are worth a fresh look after the recent rule changes.
PFS chief executive offers advice to IFAs struggling with RDR gap fill requirements.
Iain Anderson says people will look at the Budget 2011 as the start of a sea-change in the provision of pensions more generally.
Nic Cicutti says IFA Ian Highton has shown advisers that alternative assessments are a viable option.
Mark Dampier says there is plenty of value in Japan and that the recent human tragedy is not a complete economic disaster.
In last week’s Budget statement, Chancellor George Osborne was adamant there would be no slowdown to the deficit reduction plans.
Dominik Lipnicki says the 2011 Budget has “definitely missed a trick or two” in the housing market.
Tom Kean says Nest offers nothing above what is already in place in the market.
Lobbyists suggest that the Conservatives and the LibDems are likely to publish a second coalition agreement aimed at further reducing public spending and promoting growth.
James Smith talks to JPM global consumer trends fund manager Peter Kirkman.
Up to 100,000 high-earning public sector workers could be better off opting out of generous final-salary pension arrangements as a result of Government pension tax regime reforms.
AJ Bell has secured an amendment to the Government’s annuitisation legislation which will allow savers over 75 to align the income reviews for multiple drawdown pension funds held in a single scheme.
Treasury select committee chairman Andrew Tyrie has warned the Government’s intended legislative process to replace the FSA may not fix operational flaws.
Equilibrium’s managing partner is convinced the future of the intermediary industry lies with technology and the company’s modern approach to advice is already paying off.
Footballer Paul Merson blew his entire £800,000 pension at 35 to fund his gambling addiction, his autobiography reveals.
The FSA has written to trade bodies to clarify that legacy commission will be banned under the RDR.
The James Hay Partnership has written to Prime Minister David Cameron urging the Government to reinstate more flexible rules governing Sipp investments in commercial property.
Legal & General Investment Management has launched its first UK equity income fund.
Brokers fear the Government’s plans to tax high-end properties could stifle property values at the top end of the market.
The NIESR claims growth will be less than OBR revisions and the Adam Smith Institute hits out at indexation changes
Paul Thomas says industry feeling is the Chancellor’s has missed an opportunity to revitalise the housing market.
“Imagine my surprise when I arrived at the hotel, only to be greeted by an empty drinks bar, a lack of champagne reception and Roy Hodgson arriving in a lounge suit.”
The Government is on the verge of banning short-service pension refunds amid concerns about the impact that master trust schemes could have on the success of automatic enrolment and Nest.
The RDR is likely to see more IFAs opting to outsource their investment processes. Rachael Adams considers the pros and cons.