Backbench MPs expressed deep concerns over the impact of the retail distribution review in a debate in Parliament last week. The Westminster Hall debate, secured by Conservative MP for West Worcestershire Harriett Baldwin, saw 13 MPs speak in support of constituents’ concerns about the RDR. Tory MP for High Peak Andrew Bingham said his local […]
OBSR has cut its rating on the £1bn Jupiter financial opportunities fund managed by Philip Gibbs to AA due to co-manager Guy de Blonay’s “increasing influence on the product”. OBSR says the fund, which invests in financials sector equities, lost its AAA rating following a meeting on October 14. Jupiter hired bottom-up star De Blonay […]
I concede that the macro-economic outlook for Western economies is still far from certain, with housing and employment data pointing to a continuation of weak consumer activity. However on the plus side, the Fed and other central banks have shown that they are prepared through quantitative easing and low interest rates to avoid at all […]
Johnson Fleming has published a step-by-step guide demonstrating the importance of record keeping and reporting, and how it can ensure you operate a successful scheme. The guide takes you through some key questions you need to ask and identifies the information you need to obtain. The topics include: why you need to keep records and the benefits of doing this; registering your scheme; what information you need to record to ensure you meet the Pensions Regulator’s requirements; and what items need to be recorded and when.
Savers are rushing to top-up their pensions amid fears chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver a further cut to the annual allowance in this month’s Budget, Zurich says. Cash flowing into pensions on Zurich’s investment platform soared 98 per cent in September compared to the annual average, the firm has found. The value of one-off pension […]
Every pound spent on financial education initiates can create more than £5 in social value, a new study finds. Research firm ERS examined the impact of “survival” money management workshops delivered to more than a thousand 16-25-year olds who were either not in work, full-time education or training, or had care responsibilities. They found that […]
Despite pressure to come down on the market like a ton of bricks, the FCA has taken a measured approach to improving standards Another week, another barrage of headlines about an FCA intervention on defined benefit pension transfers. The regulator’s latest missive focuses squarely on the standards and processes advisers employ when carrying out pension […]