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Budget victory for FSA

Donald Cruickshank&#39s recommendation to give the Financial Services Authority additional duties to regulate competition was rejected in the Mini-Budget.

The move is seen as a victory for FSA chief executive and chairman Howard Davies who will not be forced to ensure the market place in financial services is competitive.

Instead the Office of Fair Trading and a new competition commission will be charged with scrutinising the market to ensure it works fairly.


IFAs selling endowments despite warning

IFAs are still promoting endowment mortgages even though the Government has warned they should only be sold in exceptional circumstances, according to the Guardian.Major mortgage companies have been advising first-time homebuyers endowments are more flexible and portable than repayment mortgages, according to its research.The Association of British Insurers believes charges on 75 per cent of […]

Lords rejects pensions bill again

The stakeholder launch is in serious jeopardy because of the &#39ping-pong&#39 political battle being fought over the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill.The stakeholder legislation is part of a controversial bill rejected for a second time by the House of Lords yesterday because of Government plans to cut disability benefits.The Commons has made room for a […]

NatWest swipe at BoS

NatWest has hit out at the Bank of Scotland claiming it is avoiding key questions over the Edinburgh-based bank&#39s £22bn hostile takeover bid.The beleaguered bank also says BoS&#39s proposals do not stand up to examination and are characterised by rhetoric rather than detail.

Leek pours cold water on windfall promises

Leek United Building Society has attacked suggestions carpetbaggers will be rewarded with windfalls of up to £950 if a takeover bid by Murray Financial is successful.Society chief executive Neil McFadden says it is impossible to predict payment levels with any accuracy and has slammed windfall figures of between £475 and £950 being touted as misleading.Murray […]

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(Another) downhill stroll — retirement planning

A report published this morning by the CIPD (CIPD Employee Outlook March 2015) provides yet more interesting data to the changing landscape of retirement planning. It should be remembered that we are in a period of genuine flux here given that the default retirement age was scrapped three years ago, and new pension freedoms come online in April. Both of these alterations will have a huge impact on how employees plan for their retirement.


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