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Clinging on: FCA letter reveals providers still breaking inducements rules

Major providers are still flaunting FCA inducement rules designed to stop firms unfairly influencing advisers, Money Marketing can reveal. A year on from finalised guidance on inducements and nearly three years after a “Dear CEO” letter uncovered firms working around the commission ban, the regulator wrote to 23 providers, advisers, and asset managers asking for more details of […]

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IMF warns Brexit and housing market threaten UK economic progress

The International Monetary Fund has warned the upcoming Brexit vote and the housing market both threaten to derail the UK’s recent economic progress. In a note issued on Wednesday, the crisis lender highlighted that Britain’s economic engine had been growing steadily in the wake of decent private domestic demand, supported by rapid job growth, with […]

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The £6bn tax temptation: Osborne eyes 25% flat rate pension relief

Chancellor George Osborne is preparing to break the link between income tax and top-ups to pension contributions in favour of a 25 per cent flat rate of relief. Osborne is due to use his March Budget to respond to last year’s consultation on a potential revolutionary change to the pension tax relief system. Money Marketing now […]

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Banks ‘too weak’ for negative interest rates

Bank balance sheets are not strong enough to cope with negative interest rate policy, one economist has warned. David McWilliams, an economist writing for Woodford Investment Management, says the banking industry is still recovering from the financial crisis and the more recent China turmoil and is not stable enough to cope with negative interest rates. […]

Bonds in 2017: Stick or twist?

Royal London Asset Management Bond Fund Managers Paola Binns and Craig Inches look at why short duration could be a key tactic for fixed income investors during 2017. Read the full article here The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors […]

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