Savers have withdrawn £5.9bn since the pension freedom reforms came into force, according to the Association of British Insurers.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.
Invesco Perpetual leads the latest edition of the infamous Spot the Dog report, which identifies underperforming equity funds, as the number of dogs hits a record high. In its bi-annual Spot the Dog report, Bestinvest names and shames funds that have underperformed their benchmarks for three consecutive years and by more than five per cent over […]
Most firms regulated by the FCA are satisfied with its performance and believe it is an efficient regulator, the watchdog has said. The survey conducted by the FCA and its Practitioner Panel – one of its advisory bodies – sought feedback on the regulator’s performance from the firms it oversees. The results showed that both satisfaction and […]
Investing at this stage of the market cycle is a tough balancing act. While over-exposure to risky assets leaves a portfolio vulnerable when a correction really bites, taking too much risk off the table too soon can mean missing out on the remaining opportunities which may still present themselves over the coming months. With so […]