IFAs like to think of themselves as the natural place for a consumer to turn for advice but research from Zurich suggests that the reality is vastly different. In a survey conducted by YouGov, only 16 per cent of consumers said they had an adviser. A further 27 per cent said they had previously had an adviser but not presently and 57 per cent said they had never taken financial advice.
That meant, broadly, that gains made under UK and offshore investment life insurance contracts will be taxed as non-trading credits under the loan rela-tionship rules. The original position has changed in a number of important areas. Perhaps the most important is that before the changes, all life policies effected by a company before March 14, 1989 (and which had not been subsequently enhanced) were outside the chargeable events legislation and would, in effect, produce a tax-free return for the firm.
New laws in Dubai will put the burden of providing international private medical insurance (iPMI) firmly on the shoulders of the employer in order to maintain the country’s leading healthcare facilities. With 10,000 UK nationals having moved to the country since 2007 and only 16.5 per cent of the total 8.2 million people living there being Emiratis, Jelf Employee Benefits believes this move was inevitable and employer responsibilities could continue to escalate in future.
The advice market has faced a significant number of challenges in the past year which continue to complicate the prospects for the profession. The combination of regulatory challenges posed by the introduction of Mifid II, Priips and GDPR with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit has led to many advisers feeling less sure about their future, while […]
Gullible punters asked to pay £350 because Nutmeg can’t attract enough to online investment service A few months ago, I was asked to write a piece for a consumer finance magazine which looked at how to invest £100,000 if you wanted to go it alone. As well as detailing the role of independent financial advice, […]
Platforms have been critcisied for going ahead with technology upgrades knowing that they would not be ready to roll them out. Speaking at an event by consultancy the Lang Cat yesterday, principal Mark Polson said that the firm had encountered a number of projects in recent years where, despite knowing there could still be flaws […]