Law firm Beachcroft Wansboroughs is launching an independent research programme into the impact of the FSA’s Arrow visits on firms. The FSA is reviewing its Arrow visits, the regulator’s main supervisory tool in assessing the risk that firms pose to its statutory objectives. Beachcroft will present its findings to the FSA and the Financial Services […]
Which? has published a book called Giving and Inheriting, aimed at flagging the deadlines for pre-owned assets tax.The book points out that even with modest earnings, as the IHT threshold is currently 275,000 increasingly more homeowners are at risk of bequeathing estates that will be due tax. POAT, introduced in April, aims to plug loopholes […]
The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee decides to leave rates on hold for this month.The Derbyshire head of intermediary support and development Tony Capon says: “Minutes from the 3-4 August meeting showed the bank’s nine-member MPC voted 5-4 in favour of the quarter-percentage-point cut. “Todays decision clearly shows a less certain approach to further […]
The silly season is not yet behind us. Eager to keep us in the summer spirit, Abbey lets us know that more than nine million UK adults would buy relationship insurance, should such a thing exist. Can’t imagine many insurers would be willing to under-write the likes of Liz Taylor or Joan Collins, though.
By Steve Webb, director of policy The British obsession with homeownership can have dangerous consequences. A recent survey by Barings¹ found that up to three million people of working age were planning to rely wholly on the value of their home to fund their retirement. We are not talking about people investing in buy-to-let or […]
Financial advisers waste almost five hours a week doing menial tasks, according to a study by adviser tech platform Advicefront. With an average hourly wage of £46.38, one hour in eight is spent on unnecessary tasks and costs advisers £220 per week in wasted time. The survey asked advisers how much time they spend weekly on […]
Last week, the excellent Money Marketing Interactive Harrogate event took place, where I was fortunate enough to be part of the panel on diversity in advice. Last week also saw the 10th anniversary of the Lehman Brothers’ collapse. “If it had been Lehman Sisters rather than Lehman Brothers, the world might look a lot different […]
The total value of pension transfers fell from £10.6bn in the first quarter of the year to £8.2bn in the second quarter, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show. According to AJ Bell, this is the first drop in value of pension transfers since the second quarter of 2016. The figures coincide with […]