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.
A weekly account of the curious goings-on in the world of financial services from Money Marketing’s diary page Green with envy While scouring through the MPs’ Register of Interests last week, one WSJ correspondent took to reading the fine print of Treasury committee member John Mann’s file. Among the list of international trips undertaken by […]
Long-awaited guidance clears up confusion around the IHT position of policies issued under seal Life assurance protection is an often overlooked estate planning tool. For UK-domiciled individuals, effecting a policy subject to a trust can deliver a neat, effective way of sorting inheritance tax liability that cannot be diminished through other planning. It can also […]
Workplace provider Smart Pension has been told not to publish an advertisement again after a complaint to the marketing standards watchdog over its “threatening” tone. In November last year, Smart Pension sent a letter to business owners, stating that “failing to set up your workplace pension now could soon blow a serious hole in company […]