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 […]
Pension tax relief is set to take another hammering from reform-hungry politicians, with both the Conservatives and Labour setting out complex plans to cut allowances for people earning more than £150,000. Labour has previously come under attack from the pensions industry over its plans to taper away tax breaks for high earners. The proposals, which […]
Apfa has been accused of “giving up” on its campaign for a 15-year long-stop on complaints against financial advisers by considering alternative ways to stem liabilities. The trade body is in ongoing discussions with the regulator after the FCA said in March 2014 it would consider the case for a 15-year long stop on complaints […]
The Personal Finance Society has launched a consumer education website as part a drive to improve its public profile. Yourmoney provides guidance and tools on issues such as planning for retirement, managing debt and saving and investing. It gives tips on how to avoid investment scams, explains the benefits and costs of regulated advice, and […]
The Swiss Re Group is a major reinsurer in the group risk market in the UK. As such, their Group Watch 2015 report is a useful indicator as to the current state of play in the area of employer sponsored group life, group income protection, and group critical illness markets.
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