The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has declared the Havant Area Savers Credit Union in default. The FSCS says it will aim to pay compensation to members of the union, who have been unable to access their savings since December 31, 2010, within seven days “in the vast majority of cases”. It emerged earlier this week […]
The Government should replace inheritance tax with a tiered system to increase revenues, according to the Institute for Public Policy Research. In a recent report, called Death and Taxes, the IPPR says a capital receipts tax payable on cash and non-cash gifts over £150,000 would raise an extra £1bn. IPPR director Nick Pearce says: “Inheritance […]
Former BlackRock manager Graham Birch has become the senior independent non-executive director of Russian gold miner Petropavlovsk. Birch retired as head of BlackRock’s natural resources team in 2009, where he had responsibility for about $40 billion of assets. He became a non-executive director of Petropavlovsk, formerly known as Peter Hambro Mining, in February 2010. He replaces […]
One of the areas that will be high on the new minister for pensions’ to-do list will be the forthcoming review of automatic enrolment (AE). The outgoing minister had regularly said that AE contribution levels would need to be revisited early in this parliamentary term, and new research by Jelf Employee Benefits reveals employer support for such proposals.
Marmite and President Trump both sharply divide opinion, but you can ignore Marmite if you’d rather not put the glutinous, salty, black yeast extract on your teatime toast. As an investor you simply cannot ignore Donald Trump. Without wanting to give a running commentary of recent events, Trump’s actions continue to have an impact. The […]
Suggestions that secretary of state for work and pensions Esther McVey may no longer be committed to the delivery of the pensions dashboard project has caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth around the industry. Personally, I do not see the problem. This is the perfect opportunity for it to take back ownership and control of […]
81 per cent of over-55s would feel confident in taking out an equity release plan without seeking advice, research from Moneyfacts suggests. 44 per cent thought they have no need for advice, 29 per cent would not trust an adviser, and 8 per cent of respondents believe financial advice to be too expensive. In late […]