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.
There are plenty of office parties and Christmas events going on at this time of year. But have no fear – you can still stay healthy while going out and enjoying yourself, with a little bit of planning!
Along with all the other firms that provide advice on defined benefit transfers, we received our questionnaire from the FCA about the quantity and nature of cases we have handled since 2015. By the time you read this, the deadline for its return will have passed and those under scrutiny will have breathed a collective […]