Savers have withdrawn £5.9bn since the pension freedom reforms came into force, according to the Association of British Insurers.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.
Former home secretary Amber Rudd is set to return to the cabinet as work and pensions secretary, according to reports. The appointment follows the departure of Esther McVey yesterday over her refusal to back the government’s draft Brexit deal. According to reports, Rudd, a remainer, was offered the job after environment secretary Michael Gove spent […]
The FCA has written to all former clients of Avacade Limited, an unregulated pension introducer, to inform them about its legal action against the firm and its directors. In November 2017 the FCA said it would start civil proceedings against Avacade Limited, now in liquidation, and its three directors Craig Lummis, Lee Lummis and Raymond […]
As new disclosure rules bring the full extent of protection commissions into the spotlight, experts are asking if this will see clients ditch their advisers in favour of execution-only services. Under the Insurance Distribution Directive, from 1 October advisers have had to provide clients with information before a product sale about any commission received, which […]