Aviva’s UK life division saw new business profits surge 15 per cent in the first quarter despite sales dropping year-on-year. The insurer’s first quarter interim management statement, published this morning, reveals the value of new business written in its UK life arm rose from £89m in Q1 last year to £103m in the first three […]
Pension tax relief has come under fire this month as the three main political parties unveiled their election manifestos. First to be revealed was the Labour plan to restrict tax relief for top-rate taxpayers (around 300,000 people) to the same level as basic-rate payers: i.e. 20 per cent. The cut would begin at £150,000, tapering […]
When Openwork chief executive Mark Duckworth speaks about the drop in adviser numbers since the late 1980s the figures sound astonishing: 285,000 advisers serving a UK population of 50 million in 1989, compared with 23,000 advisers available for 64 million people today. Put another way, there are currently around 200,000 consumers for every adviser when, […]
A Labour government would avoid heavy-handed regulation, according to shadow chancellor Ed Balls, despite plans for a bank bonus tax and to raise the top rate of income tax. Speaking to the Financial Times, Balls said that Labour would seek to institute a 50p income tax rate throughout the next parliament, but would also seek […]
Lucy Macdonald, portfolio manager, The Brunner Investment Trust PLC, discusses the aims and objectives of the trust and how recent political uncertainty has impacted her investment decisions. Lucy also discusses current investment themes, with a spotlight on internet businesses, and explains why investors should consider Brunner.
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