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IFAs and investors disagree on markets

Almost three-quarters of IFAs believe the stockmarket will be higher in six months&#39 time, according to JPMorgan Fleming.

The fund manager&#39s confidence survey, conducted last month, found that 72 per cent of IFAs believe the stockmarket will be higher in June.

But in a separate survey, JPMorgan found that just 23 per cent of investors agree, with the majority believing it will have fallen further.


&#39Lifetime limit may discriminate against women&#39

Replacing the annual pension contribution limit with a single lifetimelimit could discriminate against women as they would get lower annuityincome than men because of their longer life expectancy, experts claim.Pension experts are warning that a sex discrimination challenge is just oneproblem facing the £1.4m lifetime contribution limit proposed in theInland Revenue&#39s pension taxation review announced […]

FSA will soon be losing its powers to Europe

Although much discussion continues about the activities of the FSA, itappears that some people are still slow to understand how financialservices will be regulated in the near future.When the UK signed the Maastricht agreement which codified many details ofthe single European market, it also passed many powers of government to theEU authorities.Importantly, it allowed for […]

Independent view

From where I am sat, looking at the new proposals for depolarisation, itdoes not look too different from what we have already. I suspect that manyIFAs and life companies will be laughing up their sleeves that theirlobbying has stopped the previously proposed three-tier system.But it is a short-term victory. The crux of the matter is […]

Public divided over future of house prices

The public are split on prospects for the property market, with 53 per centsaying they expect prices to increase significantly this year but 47 percent saying prices will stabilise or fall, according to the Woolwich.The company&#39s survey of 1,000 people in December found that warnings fromanalysts of a slowdown in prices has not adversely affected […]

How QE is distorting the gilt market

By Mike Riddell The moves in gilts in August were truly exceptional. Volatility in the gilt market (based off 10-year gilt futures) has soared to close to the highest levels seen this millennium, on a par with the eurozone debt crisis of 2011/12 and behind only the global financial crisis of 2008/09. The first distortion […]


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