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Humble cap in hand

What an exciting year we have in store. Elections, stakeholder, polarisation, N2, more consolidation and perhaps even some guidance over long-term care provision.

After taking a reality check, the Government may end up eating some humble pie over the stakeholder charging cap, so that those within the new pensions catchment group can actually get some good advice over what is one of the most important purchases they will make in their life.

L&G will finally realise that it cannot make a success of stakeholder for many years.

The new Conservative Gov ernment will bow to common sense and scrap the previous incumbents&#39 bizarre review of polarisation, with the realisation that, as the Consumers&#39 Association says, the status quo is in the public&#39s interest.

More consolidation in the industry will see a strange Z appearing in the sky over Gloucester shire.


IFAs battle for £21bn Tessas

IFAs and fund managers are gearing up to fight for the £21bn of Tessa money maturing this year. Around two million Tessa accounts are due to mature over the next 12 months. IFAs face tough competition from banks and building societies trying to keep the money in cash Isas and savings accounts. The capital from […]

Biotechs end year ahead

Biotechs led the UK equity market field last year with Cambridge Antibody Technology performing best with a yearly price rise to December 27, 2000 of 557 per cent. As technology stocks faltered, Cambridge was followed by two other biotechs, the investment trust International Biotechnology, with a price rise of 194 per cent and Oxford Glycosciences […]

Midshires&#39 Kerr aids children with marathon effort

Birmingham Midshires managing director Ian Kerr has raised over £1,250 for a local children&#39s hospice by running in this year&#39s Wolverhampton half-marathon. Kerr raised the money for Acorns children&#39s hospice. The donation was raised through sponsorship from colleagues at Midshires, friends and business partners. Acorns provides a comprehensive range of care and support facilities for […]

Friends Ivory & Sime launches split capital investment

Friends Ivory & Sime has launched a new split capital investment, Geared Opportunities Income Trust, which will invest in UK quoted investment trusts and investment companies. GOIT has around £57m committed from institutional investors and will be managed by John Stubbs of FIS. The launch follows FIS&#39s rollover of ISIS Trust in November 2000, which […]

Parental leave and pensions

Fiona Hanrahan  – Senior Product Insight and Technical Support Analyst We are often asked how parental leave impacts workplace pension schemes in terms of funding in general, auto enrolment and salary exchange. This article will explain each of these. How does parental leave impact the funding of workplace pension schemes? A member of a defined […]


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