A debate has been conducted over the past few months in the protection industry. It was brought to a head at the recent Signposts For Income Protection meeting when Nick Kirwan and Alan Tyler of the Income Protection Task Force presented the work they had done on trying to ascertain who could safely buy income protection […]
Scottish Widows has increased its cooling off period for annuity purchases to 60 days following the Budget pensions shake-up. The changes revealed by Osborne on Wednesday will allow people to take their entire pension pot as cash from age 55 from April next year. Any Scottish Widows annuity quotations issued since 18 February will now be valid […]
The Institute of Fiscal Studies says annuities will become even more expensive with more poor choices after the Government announced reforms to retirement income. In the Budget yesterday the Chancellor said all over-55s can take their pension pot in cash from next April and do not need to buy an annuity. Insurers’ share prices dropped […]
With three jokes, brightly coloured ties, help for scouts, girl guides and Bingo and one of the biggest pension changes in recent years, this was one of my favourite Budgets. From April 2015, pensions income can be taken from defined contribution pension schemes as the policy holder wishes after the age of 55. Annuity purchase […]
A major feature of our articles is looking into the Jelf Employee Benefits crystal ball to predict changes and trends that may influence the short and medium term shape of UK employee benefits. By flagging such changes early we aim to provide our followers with the tools to make sensible and informed decisions on their benefits offerings.
The rise of ethical funds and sustainable investment brings into question just how broad and subjective the space can be One of 2018’s most-used buzzwords in investment has been “ethical”. The rise in popularity of environmental, social and governance investing has been widespread, and in 2017 more than £1bn of net retail money flowed into […]
The Personal Investment Management and Financial Advice Association has published an updated version of its Mifid II feedback template and guide. Both documents jointly authored with the Tax Incentivised Savings Association were originally issued for industry comment in June 2018. The updated template and guide reflect the feedback received from Pimfa’s product governance and template testing working groups. […]
Legal and General Assurance Society has apologised to a client for making repeated mistakes in the information it gave about the amount of tax free cash he could take. In a ruling from The Financial Ombudsman Service, Mr M complains L&G’s errors resulted in the need for him to return funds and caused him “significant trouble” and […]