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Which? is calling on the Government, employers and the financial services industry to develop a national strategy to boost savings levels. In a new report, the consumer group says just 41 per cent of people have savings equal to 3 months essential expenditure – the figure recommended by Government. It also found 24 per cent […]
Legal & General is set to cancel its membership of the Association of British Insurers. In a letter to ABI director general Otto Thoreson, L&G chief executive Nigel Wilson says the firm has been reviewing its membership after the the trade body’s investment affairs division was merged with the Investment Management Association. The insurer also believes […]
Brokers have criticised lenders for failing to help existing borrowers switch to a better deal after year-on-year remortgage approvals fell in June. The Bank of England last week released data showing the first uptick in mortgage approvals since January, with 108,857 approvals in June representing an 8 per cent rise from 100,451 in May. Industry commentators […]
Investors and advisers are exposing themselves to a ‘ticking time bomb’ by using risk-profiling tools, The Platforum has warned. The investment and distribution consultancy says some firms are overly reliant on risk-profiling software and argues some tools are biased toward risk tolerance over capacity for risk. In May, the FCA urged firms to provide transparent explanations […]
Johnson Fleming has published a step-by-step guide demonstrating the importance of record keeping and reporting, and how it can ensure you operate a successful scheme. The guide takes you through some key questions you need to ask and identifies the information you need to obtain. The topics include: why you need to keep records and the benefits of doing this; registering your scheme; what information you need to record to ensure you meet the Pensions Regulator’s requirements; and what items need to be recorded and when.
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HM Revenue & Customs has published guidance on how new income tax bands in Scotland will affect pension schemes and their members. The note is a response to the Scottish Government’s confirmation it will introduce five income tax bands for 2018/19. Pension savers in Scotland currently receive pension tax relief at their marginal rate but […]
SimplyBiz Group is considering an initial public offering of £150m on the London Stock Exchange. According to a Reuters report, the potential float could value the company between £140m and £155m and is expected to raise £30m of new money. SimplyBiz joint group chief executive Matt Timmins confirms the business has recently appointed Zeus Capital as […]
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