Help to Buy 2 is operating at just over a tenth of its capacity, according to new research by mortgage insurer Genworth. Chancellor George Osborne pledged the scheme could enable up to £130bn of lending over three years, equal to £43.3bn a year. However, Genworth’s analysis shows the scheme supported £5.7bn in 2014, just 13 […]
Nigel Farage will remain the leader of Ukip after the party rejected his resignation. Farage announced he would step down on Friday after failing to win the seat of South Thanet, as he had promised in the run up to the general election. But Ukip’s national executive committee has “unanimously” rejected his resignation, saying the […]
The idea of “insistent clients” conjures up the notion that long-standing clients will somehow morph into unruly teenagers who won’t do what they are told. Clearly that is not the case. But neither are advisers jumping the gun here. Advisers are right to be agitated about the lack of clear regulatory guidance about how to […]
According to a business associate of mine (and someone considering his own retirement options) “the sands have shifted since the pensions freedoms were announced”. Now they are here, he believes most rational people will work out the cash option is not that attractive considering the tax implications and the problem of where to reinvest it. […]
The Artemis UK Smaller Companies Fund has delivered good returns through the bull market. But its cautious style is better suited to the trickier times which could be coming, says manager Mark Niznik.
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