I like to think one of the skills that makes me a decent adviser is the ability to convert complex, illogical and sometimes-opaque notions into bite-sized snippets of information clients might understand. Thirty years in the job has led me to accept, although we live and breathe our subject, that is simply not the case […]
The ongoing economic reforms, continued loose monetary policy and a weak yen keep boosting earnings momentum across corporate Japan. The Japanese market gained further traction last week with the Nikkei 225 Stock Average closing above 20,000 for the first time in 15 years. Elsewhere the broader TOPIX index also surpassed its highest level since November […]
One of the many unintended consequences of the new pension freedoms is that, while technically people can cash in their pensions, the reality is most providers are unwilling to carry the can should things go wrong. This is most problematic with defined benefits schemes, where the existing scheme will not facilitate encashment. Instead, members must […]
Industry experts have branded unit-linked guarantees “almost criminal” and called on the FCA to investigate whether the products represent value for money. Unit-linked products, commonly known as guaranteed drawdown, have been touted by providers since the 2014 Budget as a way to offer both guaranteed income and flexibility. But Aviva head of pensions policy John […]
Jim Grant, Senior Product Insight & Technical Support Analyst Jim Grant explains the pensions impact of the new Scottish rate of income tax. The bands and rates of Scottish income tax for the 6 April 2018 to 5 April 2019 tax year have now been confirmed. These now differ significantly from the rest of the […]
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