The FSCS has declared 43 firms in default. The list of firms, available on the FSCS website at www.fscs.org.uk , includes Worcester based John Coverdale Associates, Stafford-based P D C Insurance Services and Kent-based Alder Broker Group.
The Pensions Regulator is developing a free e-learning programme for pension trustees. The programme is available on the regulator’s website and will form the basis of a voluntary qualification for trustees to be launched by the Pensions Management Institute in April. The first tranche will be available in January and will cover units one and […]
Scottish Life head of pension strategy Steve Bee criticises the amount that the Government is spending to promote stakeholder when he says it is unsuitable for millions of people. Bee says it is crucial to get the public to save more but claims it is foolish to pretend that pouring money into this sort of […]
Optimism is as American as baseball and apple pie. And since the financial crisis, being optimistic about US equities has paid off: they have outperformed every other major developed market by a comfortable margin. Yet while there remain plenty of good reasons to be optimistic about US equities, Stephen Moore, manager of the Artemis US […]
Financial advisers waste almost five hours a week doing menial tasks, according to a study by adviser tech platform Advicefront. With an average hourly wage of £46.38, one hour in eight is spent on unnecessary tasks and costs advisers £220 per week in wasted time. The survey asked advisers how much time they spend weekly on […]
Last week, the excellent Money Marketing Interactive Harrogate event took place, where I was fortunate enough to be part of the panel on diversity in advice. Last week also saw the 10th anniversary of the Lehman Brothers’ collapse. “If it had been Lehman Sisters rather than Lehman Brothers, the world might look a lot different […]
The total value of pension transfers fell from £10.6bn in the first quarter of the year to £8.2bn in the second quarter, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show. According to AJ Bell, this is the first drop in value of pension transfers since the second quarter of 2016. The figures coincide with […]