Savers have withdrawn £5.9bn since the pension freedom reforms came into force, according to the Association of British Insurers. The new data, which covers the first nine months of the reforms, reveals £3bn has released through 213,000 lump-sum payments, with an average payment of £14,800. The trade body adds £2.9bn was taken through 835,900 income […]
Whenever I tell people I was born in Rome and lived the first 10 years of my life in Italy there is always someone who professes surprise at the fact I have somehow managed to master the odd word of English, let alone that I make a living writing in the language. Of course, living […]
The Prudential Regulation Authority wants to strengthen buy-to-let underwriting standards by insisting on a minimum level of stress testing to ensure loans remain affordable when rates rise. A consultation paper on the future of buy-to-let underwriting says the market is defined by short-term interest-only mortgages that leave consumers vulnerable to hikes in base rate. The […]
Standard Life is in talks with the Government and the FCA over concerns its old default funds remain targeted at annuity purchase. A report by the provider’s Independent Governance Committee, published today, reveals worries historic default strategies “either do not have a lifestyle design or have a design which remains targeted at annuity purchase despite […]
Do macro headlines create white noise which impacts market prices? Portfolio Manager at Harris Associates, David Herro, discusses how market volatility can create opportunities to buy good business at a discount.
The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has today declared The Lifetime Sipp Company in default. Lifetime Sipp was placed into administration in March 2018 and later went into liquidation on the 2 April 2019. The complexity of claims related Lifetime Sipp’s books and led to the FSCS having to spend a lot of time making detailed […]
Most of us have been plagued by unsolicited emails, texts, calls and unsavoury adverts trying to persuade us to claim for payment protection insurance or road accidents that never happened. Now claims managers have fallen under the auspices of FCA regulation and are shortly to lose their golden PPI egg, they are desperately searching for […]
I am conscious I have been a pessimistic voice on the topic of defined benefit transfers, but I find the recent drop in the number of them as puzzling and concerning as the rise that came before it. There are many who say it is natural for the demand to reduce because those who should […]