15 March 2018

Danby Bloch: Liberating company profits

While not easy, it is possible to take profits through the hard border that surrounds a company without paying excessive tax There is a hard border around company assets. If you want to move cash out, you mostly have to pay some tax. And now, one avenue – dividends – is about to get more […]

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Ros Altmann: Can industry fix damaged Isa brand before it is too late?

It has never been more important to encourage saving. But advisers know only too well how challenging the complexities of the UK savings and pensions landscape make it for people. Any trends towards simplification would be welcome, but unfortunately recent developments have moved in the opposite direction. Take Isas, for example. Their simplicity has always […]

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Nick Kelly: Take social media seriously to attract new clients

When starting a new IFA practice five years ago, I assumed self-employed advisers would be self sufficient in the new business department. We instead focused on research, infrastructure and paraplanning, sales process, chartered status, client communications and so on. But while this was all very laudable, it was a waste of time. As a start-up, […]

Investment Uncovered: Miton’s multi-asset stars on finding balance across their range

Miton multi-asset star managers David Jane and Anthony Rayner were keen to emphasise pragmatism when launching their new fund earlier this year. The Balanced Multi-Asset fund completes a four-strong range for the team, sitting alongside its Cautious and Defensive Multi-Asset and Cautious Monthly Income vehicles. The fund launched with a 10 per cent cash position. […]

Investment Insight: Does fund size affect performance?

Studies have found funds can be too big or too small to outperform, suggesting size does matter The assessment of whether to invest in a certain fund is a tricky business. Bearing in mind roughly 90 per cent of active funds do not beat their benchmarks over periods longer than 10 years, the odds are […]

Phil Wickenden: Avoid protection procrastination

The following sorry verse embodies procrastination on a whole new level: “Hello there, my name’s Phil; I rap like a small bear writing a will [diligently]; Estate-planning, ninja-whooping IHT; Shame I’m not as bizzie [urban affectation] with the RLP.” These words were penned in response to my father’s short verse sent to me, after the […]

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Graham Bentley: Closet tracker impact on active management is underestimated

It is encouraging to see the FCA close in on lazy fund management, but more needs to be done  Without fanfare, the FCA has confirmed its intention to  punish lazy fund management. Several groups have been persuaded into voluntarily compensating investors who bought their beta-posing-as-alpha products, otherwise known as closet trackers. The regulator suggests that […]

Compliance tip: Five steps to GDPR compliance

With the General Data Protection Regulation fast approaching, firms should be turning their attention to the necessary updates to policies, procedures and business practices required for ongoing compliance. This five-step framework will help guide you through the transition. Identify your data: It is essential firms have a clear understanding of the types of data they […]