Legal & General is writing more equity release business than individual annuities after lifetime mortgage sales reached over £200m in the first half of the year. In an update published this morning, the insurer says new business sales in its retirement division covering lifetime mortgages, individual annuities and bulk annuities hit £4bn in total between […]
Old Mutual Wealth has moved to cap pension exit penalties ahead of the FCA’s March 2017 deadline. In May the regulator announced providers would have to cap exit penalties on pension policies at 1 per cent for customers attempting to use the pension freedoms. As recently as March the provider said it would apply a […]
Standard Life-owned consolidator 1825 has acquired Crewe-based advice firm Jones Sheridan for an undisclosed sum. Following the deal 1825 will establish a North West regional office with 30 employees including seven advisers and four paraplanners. Jones Sheridan managing director David Williams and chairman Stuart Banks will stay on, with Williams joining 1825’s executive committee. After […]
Quoting the famous adage, prevention is better than cure; there are many proactive benefits that can improve wellness in the workplace, decrease stress, increase staff morale and reduce absenteeism, as well as attracting and retaining employees of a higher standard. With a recent study showing that employees in Britain are working below peak productivity, preventative benefits can ensure you address potential health issues or causes of stress at their source and ensure productivity in the workplace remains at an optimum level. With this in mind, how are you using preventative benefits to help keep your workforce happy and healthy?
Since last year’s reforms to pension legislation, a significant number of retirees have chosen income drawdown over purchasing an annuity. Income drawdown is more flexible than an annuity. However, it also increases the likelihood that individuals won’t be able to maintain their income throughout their lifetime. In this short video, we explain the risks that […]
Advice giant St James’s Place will block access to its investment platform for 10 days while it migrates services to a new provider. SJP tells Money Marketing that the work will affect online service ability for clients between 19 October and 29 October. A spokesman says: “SJP will carry out essential maintenance to our systems as part […]
This summer saw the S&P 500 rule headlines for enjoying the longest-running bull market in history. Yet, as per the old adage, what goes up inevitably comes down, and it is the job of advisers to manage clients’ portfolios accordingly – either directly or via the third-party investment services they use. A crude assumption might […]
There is currently no minimum qualification level, but the majority of advisers think this needs to change The role of the paraplanner is a relatively new one and its definition and responsibilities can differ hugely between firms. According to the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, the role can be broken down into four key […]