Former Conservative Chancellors Lord Nigel Lawson and Lord Norman Lamont are calling for tax cuts on middle earners ahead of next week’s Budget. Speaking to the Telegraph, Lord Lawson said fewer people should be paying the 40p rate while Lord Lamont told the BBC action was needed. Lord Lawson, who was Chancellor from 1983 to […]
Chancellor George Osborne will boost HM Revenue & Customs’ powers as part of plans to tackle tax avoidance. He says the Government will “modernise and strengthen HMRC’s debt collection powers.” The Government plans to give HMRC the power to recover tax directly from debtors’ bank accounts where they owe more than £1,000 and have previosuly […]
The Government will ban public sector pension members from transferring out of their defined benefit scheme as part of reforms announced by Chancellor George Osborne in the Budget. It will also consider whether to ban all DB to DC transfers. Experts say the move is designed to prevent large numbers of public sector workers ditching […]
Trustnet Direct has been found to be giving investors inaccurate guidance on pension tax relief less than a week after the direct platform’s launch. The fund data provider launched its D2C platform last week with a £200 cap on annual charges and plus £10 fund and share dealing costs. Explaining Sipp tax relief rules on its website, […]
Nicolas Just, Head of Smart Beta at Seeyond, says the most important point to recognise about the Seeyond approach to investing is that it sees volatility as an asset class and, with its factor-plus products, it aims to build portfolios that will outperform an index over one year/achieve outperformance as frequently as it can.
The acquisition of fellow wealth manager Speirs & Jeffrey has helped boost assets under management at Rathbones by £6bn, the firm’s latest results show. Rathbones’ funds at the end of the third quarter stood at £47.3bn after bolting on £6.7bn from the merger. Without the acquisition, Rathbones says it would have reported a 1.8 per cent […]
Two separate complaints about the clarity of the FCA’s guidance and expectations on Gabriel reporting requirements have been quashed by the Complaints Commissioner. However, the FCA has been asked to waive a late return charge and been asked to make sure debt collection and fees processes on Gabriel reporting are clear. In his report today, […]
Their power over fund selection is only set to increase as more firms adopt centralised investment propositions Fund research and rating agencies have enjoyed a buoyant market in advice firms thanks to the post-RDR rise of centralised investment propositions. While a minority of advisers have chosen to outsource portfolio management, the majority are selecting funds […]