This year’s Budget statement confirmed that up to five million pensioners are to be given new flexibility to trade in their annuities for cash from next year. The rationale is to ensure that people who have already purchased an annuity have access to the same pension freedoms now in place for those approaching retirement. The […]
Octopus Investments is to allow investors to buy and hold shares in its Venture Capital Trusts through adviser-facing platform Transact for the first time. The launch of the service follows a change announced in the Finance Bill 2014 which allows investors to buy VCTs directly via a platform. Previously, investors could only transfer their holding to […]
Those of you who have read any of the political manifestos over the previous weeks may have noticed one glaring omission from all the publications: the subject of welfare reform and the role that income protection could (and probably should) play in this process.
The Bank of England has confirmed the base interest rate will be held at 0.5 per cent for the 74th consecutive month. The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee has also voted to keep the quantitative easing programme at £375bn, a level that has been maintained since July 2012 when it was increased by £50bn. The Bank’s […]
Paul Rayner, Head of Government Bonds at Royal London Asset Management, looks at the UK government bond market ahead of the upcoming election. Read the article here: The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount […]
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