A landmark report has called into question the business models of UK fund ratings agencies amid concerns of inherent conflicts of interest. The report, compiled by Fundscape and consultancy Gbi2, shows gatekeepers demonstrate a wide disparity in the quality of their research. It says some lack fundamental data, especially around stress testing and details of […]
Steve Webb, our Director of Policy and External Communications, considers the new Lifetime Isa When the Green Paper on ‘Strengthening the Incentive to Save’ was published last summer, we thought the 2016 Budget might be a momentous one for pensions. Radical reform to pension tax relief was on the table, with the lead options including […]
The acronym FOS can strike fear into the hearts of advisers. POS, on the other hand, may elicit a shrug at best. The Pensions Ombudsman Service is like a younger brother to the Financial Ombudsman Service. However, while the POS has just 47 staff compared with the FOS’s 3,000 or so, its decisions have far-reaching consequences […]
“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 […]
Watch Rob Burnett, manager of the Neptune European Opportunities Fund, discuss the Greek bailout deal and its potential implications for European equities. In the video Rob discusses: Why, with the Greek crisis receding, markets can now focus on Europe’s strong fundamentals The resilience of European markets and why the recovery is on a solid footing […]
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