House prices continued to flourish in January, increasing by 2.2 per cent compared with 2 per cent in December, according to Halifax's monthly house price index. The average house cost was £145,610 in January compared with £142,408 in Dec-ember while the average price paid by a first-time buyer passed £100,000 for the first time at […]
Pensions minister Andrew Smith has presented the Pensions Bill to the House of Commons. The bill, which aims to strengthen the rights of individuals with benefits in final salary schemes, will be published tomorrow morning. It is also expected to set out the structure of the pension protection fund.
Scottish National Party MP Alex Salmond has challenged the Treasury over its financial reserve requirements for mutual companies. Salmond raised fears over the future of demutualised life companies in a debate at Westminster Hall in London last week. He is concerned that Standard's mutuality review could see the company taken over by a rival, similar […]
Winterthur Life is offering a new tool it says will help IFAs maximise their clients' chances of achieving their financial goals. The portfolio balancer, an online portfolio planning and asset allocation program, includes a simulator which helps advisers work out the statistical probability of achieving their clients' goals through stochastic modelling techniques, target asset allocations […]
As more and more employers reach their auto-enrolment staging date, thousands of HR, pensions and finance professionals have been tasked with navigating the minefield of ongoing scheme governance and auditing with little support.
Expectations for a UK interest rate rise in August hardened after the services sector reported its fastest growth since last October on Wednesday, and were further buoyed by comments made by Bank of England governor Mark Carney in a speech given to the Northern Powerhouse Summit in early July. The IHS Markit CIPS Services Purchasing Managers Index, […]
BlackRock and Schroders are frontrunners to manage £109bn for Lloyds Banking Group’s Scottish Widows Investment Partnership funds, Bloomberg reports. The London-based bank is set to make its decision in the third quarter of this year, after it invited bids for its contract at the start of this year after ending the agreement it had with […]