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Royal London swoops for Axa UK protection arm

Royal London is finalising a bid for Axa Wealth’s protection business, Money Marketing understands. The mutual is believed to be in second round talks with the insurer, along with several other potential buyers, in a deal insiders estimate at £40m. In August 2015 Money Marketing revealed the French-owned wealth manager was up for sale. Royal […]

Tony Wickenden: Casting the anti-tax avoidance net wider

The recently published disclosure of tax avoidance schemes regulations (The Tax Avoidance Schemes (Prescribed Descriptions of Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2016) give us the new hallmarks for arrangements involving standardised tax products and loss schemes, as well as an update on the planned next steps for inheritance tax schemes. Broadly speaking, the new regulations seek to expand […]

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Mifid II delayed due to ‘exceptional’ regulatory challenges

The European Commission has extended the deadline for member states to comply with Mifid II due to the “exceptional” challenges firms and regulators face in preparing for the new rules. The move, which was widely expected, pushes the implementation date back from next January to 3 January 2018. The Mifid II rules include a requirement […]

Martin Tilley: What does the Budget have in store for higher earners?

Most enquiries received by our technical team in recent weeks have been around the need to maximise contributions for high earners prior to the end of the tax year and as a precaution ahead of the Budget. The reason for the activity circles around the incoming tapering of annual allowance for those with adjusted earnings […]

Is your equity income fund giving you what you need?

Robin Geffen, Neptune Fund Manager & CEO, discusses dividend risk and the potentially negative consequences of the Investment Association’s decision to cut the UK Equity Income sector’s yield target earlier this year. Read more here   Important Information – for investment professionals only. Investment risks   This Fund may have a high volatility rating and past […]

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