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 […]
An Essex man has been jailed for eight years after mis-selling carbon credits to 130 victims in 2012 and 2013 and using the funds to purchase luxury items for himself. City of London Police took on the case from Essex Police, sentencing Sami Raja of Grays, Essex in Southwark Crown Court on Friday. Raja was […]
People need to take care to protect their pension pots from potential investment scammers and negligent trustees, the Insolvency Service has warned. In a statement today, the IS says the ban against cold-calling should not mean investors relax their views on scammers. Consumer minister Kelly Tolhurst says: “If you think you might have been a […]
There are many tax-efficient benefits to holding funds in a private company whose shareholders are family members The 2018 autumn Budget confirmed the scheduled reduction of the main rate of corporation tax to 17 per cent from April 2020. Good news for corporates – although, even at its current level of 19 per cent, the […]