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Coutts sued over film partnerships advice

Coutts, the private banking and wealth management arm of Royal Bank of Scotland, could be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of pounds in redress following client claims they were given bad advice to invest in film schemes. According to the Times, 220 clients have filed a lawsuit against Coutts, UBS and other advisers […]

How to redirect an inheritance using deed of variation

Martha and Jonathan are a married couple both aged 64. They have two daughters. Judy is aged 35, married and has two young children. Her sister, Sarah, is single with a 10-year-old son. Martha and Jonathan are still working, their home is unencumbered and they have prudently saved for many years. Although they have never […]

Tony Wickenden: Crunching the numbers on salary, dividend or pension

This week I am going to continue my detailed look at the salary versus dividend versus pension conundrum I started before the summer break. When considering the available options there is no real substitute for number crunching once the principles are understood. What follows are some examples applying the principles I discussed in the past […]

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Firms face longer wait for FCA approval

Financial services firms are having to wait longer to gain FCA authorisation, with one firm waiting 74 weeks to be approved. In its latest key performance indicators report, published yesterday, the regulator says the average processing time for retail firm applications was around 25 weeks in the three months to June, up from around 23 […]

State of the markets: UK equity income

Artemis Income Fund manager Nick Shenton discusses the state of the UK equity income market with journalist Alexis Xydias. With the first three months of 2015 showing strong returns for both the Artemis Income Fund and UK markets generally, Nick Shenton discusses the fund’s top contributors – including overseas holdings Novartis and Bayer – and […]

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