The Government has pledged £4m of funding for the Hip dry run in Bath, Newcastle, Southampton, Northampton, Huddersfield and Cambridge in November
Direct Life & Pensions sales and marketing director Richard Verdin says Icob advisers should sell pension term assurance without advice rather than with a caveat which says they cannot advise on the suitability of the product. Verdin says he knows of specialist protection advisers that do not sell PTA because they are uncomfortable with the […]
£2 billion of pension credits will remain unclaimed this year, with between 34 per cent and 44 per cent of pensioners failing to realise their entitlements, according to research from IFA Promotions.
The buy-to-let market is unlikely to see any significant future innovation because it is mature and has already undergone its metamorphosis. Brokers and lenders agree that the market remains buoyant and is not desperate for any new types of products or major changes. It is also doubtful if many new lenders will enter the sector […]
HSBC’s announcement that it is to shift its core UK equity business away from Halbis Partners to its multimanager team has raised a few eyebrows in the investment community.
What a difference six months makes. Speaking in September last year, we had warned of ‘excessive pessimism’ afflicting the market’s perception of India. Since then, responsible central bank policy from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), alongside improving global growth, has meant that India’s macro environment is strengthening quickly. The current account deficit has shrunk, inflation is falling and the government has embarked on a heavy dose of much needed fiscal consolidation. As a result, the rupee has been one of the strongest global currencies this year while the market has touched all-time highs, rallying by more than 20 per cent (GBP) since September. This begs the question: are we now in a period of ‘irrational exuberance’? Not yet.
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