Spending on regulation and compliance for the world’s 100 biggest financial institutions could almost double to 50bn by 2010 after a rise of more than 30 per cent over the past three years, according to Deloitte.
The Midas funds have suffered a setback in performance because their overseas prop-erty holdings have continued to trade at a discount to net asset value. High volatility has also affected the quoted value of some structured holdings and a preference for value stocks has hurt as these have been hit by the credit crunch.
The Legal Services Act of 2007, which opened up the legal market to competition, has put the cat among the professional pigeons. In the words of a 2015 Law Society report on what the legal profession is likely to look like in five years’ time: “Business as usual is not an option for many, if […]
Less than one in twenty consumers are aware their pension is 100 per cent protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if directly managed under a life insurance contract, research has found. The FSCS consumer survey by Populus also found 49 per cent of respondents do not think FSCS protection applied to pension products. The lifeboat scheme […]
At the same time as our economic engines are faltering and our politics are less sure than ever, something else has been happening. The mass market is being replaced by multiple micro markets and seemingly infinite choice. The exchange of information creates ever more value, while commodity products and services are ever cheaper. It takes […]
Pension transfer values fell by 2 per cent in November, according to consultancy XPS Pensions Group. At the end of October 2018 the group’s transfer value index was £235,000 and at the end of November it was £230,000. The index tracks the transfer value that would be provided by an example defined benefit pension scheme […]