Savers have withdrawn £5.9bn since the pension freedom reforms came into force, according to the Association of British Insurers.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.
Last month, the BBC’s Money Box covered the story of a protection customer who had seen her quoted life and critical illness premium rise by around a third after she disclosed a historic mental health issue. The woman was taking cover as a parent of young children and had originally chosen an insurer after getting […]
The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment has set up a helpline for participants in its financial planning mentoring scheme. The helpline, which is being supported by Schroders, will be open to mentors and mentees on the programme, which started on the first of January this year, looking for support in achieving professional financial planning […]
Collapsed wealth manager Greyfriars Asset Management sold its Sipp and SSAS administration business to Hartley Pensions for £820,000 an update on Companies House shows. Money Marketing previously discovered Hartley took on 1600 Sipps, 160 SSAS and almost £500m assets under management onto its books for an undisclosed sum, with fresh documents now revealing the value […]