Monthly highlights: Delayed, not derailed

By Lucy O’Carroll and Paul Diggle, Investment Solutions, Aberdeen

The global economic upturn has been slightly delayed by a weaker-than-expected first quarter, but has not been derailed. We have revised our 2015 global growth forecast down to 3.3 per cent from 3.4 per cent last month. While the adjustment is modest, it means that we no longer expect growth this year to average a faster pace than 2014 (which was also 3.3 per cent). However, this signals a slight delay to the upturn — with GDP growth in 2016 still expected to come in at 3.9 per cent — rather than a more fundamental change of view.



Steve Owen: Transparency is not always simple

The intention of the FCA’s platform charging rules was to make the way investors pay for platforms explicit and more transparent. At the time, the regulator said the new rules were designed to remove fund manager bias and “allow both investors and advisers to compare the costs of investing through different platforms and make an […]

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Mock the Week star Hugh Dennis to host Money Marketing Awards 2015

Mock the Week star and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show Hugh Dennis has been unveiled as the host of the Money Marketing Financial Services Awards 2015. Hugh Dennis will present the awards ceremony which is being held this year on Thursday 18 June at a new venue, Old Billingsgate in London. With […]


MPC warns over slow UK growth

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee has again voted unanimously to preserve the base rate at 0.5 per cent, while also noting that growth in UK GDP and productivity has slowed. The Bank’s committee says it will act to return inflation to its 2 per cent target, up from the zero reported by the […]


Richard Freeman: Networks will survive and thrive

The news Sesame Bankhall is to close its investment adviser network has led some to call into question the network model and imply the directly authorised route is the only option for advisers. I allow myself a wry smile when I read these comments, which are often made by individuals who have enjoyed long careers […]

Who pays inheritance tax and how to declare it

By Kim Jarvis, Canada Life In this article we look at which forms personal representatives (PRs) need to complete and who actually pays inheritance tax (IHT).  To recap, under current rules, any part of the estate that falls within the available nil-rate band (NRB), currently £325,000, is taxed at zero. Anything in excess of the NRB […]


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