Scottish Widows Investment Partnership is urging institutional investors to look outside their national borders and diversify their portfolios Europe-wide. According to SWIPs research on European real estate, many investors are too domestically focussed, with international real estate holdings representing only a small percentage of portfolios.In sector allocation, SWIP recommends an overweight position in the European […]
The FSA has identified four priority areas in a bid to improve the quality of equity release advice including more mystery shopping this spring.It has pledged to assist firms with meeting their regulatory responsibilities, and it plans another mystery shopping exercise and a review of lifetime mortgage advice and subsequent investment advice.It has hired a […]
The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions illustrate that sickness absence is still a major cost to businesses, with an annual bill for sick pay and associated costs to employers of £9bn. This paper from Jelf Employee Benefits looks at the importance of recording sickness absence for any employee health strategy and how this can be carried out in an efficient manner to reduce absence, improve employee engagement and drive up profits.
Some investors holding money with Blackmore Bonds are yet to receive July interest payments, despite the firm’s insistence all funds have been transferred and cleared. One such investor has told Money Marketing they have been “ignored” by Blackmore. Chief executive of the mini-bond provider Patrick McCreesh told Money Marketing this week that some investors holding Isas […]
Rebates have been confirmed as taxable this month, in the long-running clash between Hargreaves Lansdown and HMRC. This effectively confirms “superclean” share classes are the most tax-efficient mechanism for delivering preferential rates on funds, rather than the oxymoronic “clean with rebates”. Asset managers will be very reluctant to implement multiple share classes at varying prices […]
Collapsed Sipp administrator GPC Sipp has nearly £1m in debts owed to creditors according to a statement of affairs document published on Companies House. It shows there is a shortfall of £964,832.00 owed to creditors and most of the Sipp shares are owned by managing director Kathryn Taylor who holds 73 shares. The others are […]