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Bright Grey to sell PTA only via advisers

Bright Grey has launched its pension term assurance with single-life plans on level, decreasing and increasing terms.

The product will only be available through IFAs.

Products director Roger Edwards says: “We have designed our plan to be very flexible and it can be used to mix mortgage and individual and family protection. Cover increase options are available for mortgage, marriage and childbirth. We believe people should seek advice when it comes to protection so it will only be available through advisers.”


‘DB liabilities are stifling shares’

Thirty-six per cent of companies feel that the increasing cost of funding their defined-benefit pension scheme is adversely affecting their share price. In a survey by Aon Consulting of 115 of the UK’s biggest DB schemes, 38 per cent were also concerned that their scheme deficits could cause their share price to dip in future. […]

Axe for 0.3% NPSS charge

Government set to relent to give product providers key role in admin of a national pension savings scheme

‘Bosses face increased scrutiny by regulator’

The FSA fine imposed on former Millfield chief executive Paul Tebbutt could herald a wider clampdown on senior managers by the regulator’s enforcement division, says a specialist financial law firm. TLT Solicitors head of financial services regulation Philip Ryley says the FSA’s transition to principle-based regulation and its treating customers Fairly regime are leading to […]

Nearly half of banks outsource DM

Direct marketing is outsourced to third party companies by 47 per cent of banks, according to research from data management specialists CDMS. The research looked at senior marketers in the top 1000 firms.

Strong dollar can be a powerful driver of UK dividend growth in 2015

By Robin Geffen, fund manager and CEO 

This year threatens to be a challenging one for UK dividend hunters. Last year saw an all-time record amount paid out in UK dividends — some £97.4bn, according to research from Capita Dividend Monitor. Yet as Capita also pointed out, out the biggest single factor driving the growth in the fourth quarter of last year was easy to identify: the rising US dollar. 

In our view, this trend is much more than simply a one-quarter phenomenon. It is actually the most profound issue to get right as a UK equity income investor in 2015. We believe that the US dollar will continue to strengthen significantly from its current level. This is due more to the US economy’s demonstrable de-coupling from the rest of the world than to a view on the UK. The US has a strong chance of tightening monetary conditions this year without jeopardising growth or de-stabilising its housing market. The same can unfortunately not be said about the UK.


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