The investment trust sector has not been immune to this year’s market volatility as it underperformed in the first quarter of 2016 amid a weakening of demand. The FTSE Equity Investment Instruments Index was down 2.2 per cent in the three months to the end of March on a total return basis, compared with a […]
HSBC’s new face-to-face simplified advice service will be extended to people with savings as low as £15,000. The bank’s offering, due to launch this week, will start by targeting people with £50,000 but will eventually be aimed at those with just £15,000, the Financial Times reports. HSBC head of UK wealth Caroline Connellan says: “Full […]
The UK economy is likely to dip into a recession if the country decides to leave the European Union, Aviva Investors’ chief executive Euan Munro has warned. “We believe there would be a significant and negative knock-on effect on business sentiment, which would likely push the UK economy into recession towards the end of this […]
Are pension freedoms failing? Judging by the £900m that has gone to Treasury coffers as a result of the reforms, and the fact this is 28 per cent up on the forecasted tax take, the Government would no doubt say pension freedoms are working very nicely, thank you. Of course this is not the only […]
By Mark Martin, Head of UK Equities at Neptune Investment Management Recent UK GDP figures indicated that the economy is in good health, with a 0.5% rise in GDP in the final quarter of 2015. Whilst the GDP growth rate fell from 2.9% in 2014 to 2.2% in 2015 as a whole, this expansion – […]
Adviser trade body Pimfa has called on the government to go forward with the pensions dashboard as rumours swirl that ministers are considering abandoning the idea. Pimfa’s call comes after reports claim work and pensions secretary Esther McVey believes that the pensions dashboard would be a distraction to rolling out universal credit and so should […]
The Money Advice Service will soon be superseded by a new public financial guidance body, rolling it into Pension Wise and The Pensions Advisory Service. Money Marketing looks at some of the key stats for the organisation ahead of the transition.
The year so far has been full of manager and senior staff moves. Earlier this month, eight senior staff at Standard Life Aberdeen left to go to Aviva Investors, to join former Standard Life Investments equities head David Cumming. With moves like this in mind, is a management team or sole manager the better choice? […]