The housing minister has suggested parents should disinherit their offspring and leave their assets to their grandchildren. According to the Telegraph, Gavin Barwell told a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference last week that pensioners should consider leaving their homes and wealth to their grandchildren to combat “intergenerational unfairness.” He said his own mother […]
Hargreaves Lansdown chief executive Ian Gorham has urged regulators to force asset managers to pass on fewer costs to investors and be more transparent on fund charges. Gorham, who is to depart from Hargreaves next year, says asset managers should not overcharge investors and exclude other costs from the current single fee, such the price […]
The factors used in pension tax law to measure defined benefit pensions have become increasingly outdated since the 2006 simplification project. Arguably, the factors used at that time to convert DB into cash amounts for measurement against the annual and lifetime allowances were generous to members. Today, there can be no argument that defined contribution […]
President-elect Trump has suggested withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and ending negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), albeit there is considerable uncertainty over what he will, or even can, do. If one of the main consequences of the election of Donald Trump is US protectionism, it’s worth considering who stands to […]
Our client leads the global market in high-tech electronics manufacturing and digital media. The trustees of the company’s final salary pension scheme insure death-in-service lump sum and dependants’ pension death benefits for active employees, as well as dependants’ pension benefits for deferred members (those who have left service).
The Pensions Ombudsman has ruled AJ Bell must compensate a client for investment losses attributable to a botched transfer to James Hay Partnership. Mr R’s complaint against AJ Bell is it was partly responsible for the delay in the transfer of funds that shut him out of the market and lost him thousands of pounds. […]
Sometimes in business you can have an exceptional year and, provided you do not take it for granted, all is good. Allowing expenses to match an unsustainable increase in revenue is asking for trouble. As the claims deadline for PPI draws closer, it is clear the ambulance chasers will be looking elsewhere to continue the […]
Embattled mutual insurer Equitable Life has been bought by Reliance Life, part of the Life Company Consolidation Group. In March reports emerged the firm was preparing to sell. Equitable Life, which has been in run-off since closing to new business in 2000, was still technically owned by its more than 300,000 remaining policyholders, most of […]