BlackRock has emerged as the third biggest holder of the investment trust behind peer-to-peer lending platform Funding Circle, with an investment of £12.7m shares. The Financial Times reports the transaction was made in December according to Bloomberg data. The position marks the first time the fund group has offered retail investors exposure to peer-to-peer lending […]
Aegon is selling two-thirds of its UK annuity portfolio to specialist insurer Rothesay Life for an undisclosed sum. The deal will see Aegon reinsure £6bn worth of liabilities to Rothesay Life, with the transfer process taking place over the next two years. Aegon will continue to make annuity payments to customers on behalf of Rothesay […]
The new tax year saw the introduction of the new dividend tax. The regime is squarely aimed at shareholder directors who have hitherto made dividend payments the standard way to take money out of a company without paying National Insurance contributions. The savings were very considerable. Now, taking dividends rather than salary or bonuses out […]
“A sobering day for the industry.” That was how providers described the scathing Office of Fair Trading report into workplace pensions back in 2013, which criticised the proliferation of high-charging legacy schemes, poor governance standards and a lack of transparency on costs. To tackle these challenges, and to restore some sense of balance and fairness […]
Research from Jelf Employee Benefits and retirement workshops specialist LaterLife Learning shows that one in two employers could offer their older workers greater remuneration flexibility so that they can benefit from the new Freedom of Pensions rules.
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