The world is no longer on the brink of an apocalypse. That at least is the view of global fund managers judged by this month’s Merrill Lynch survey.Gary Baker, co-head of international investment strategy at Banc of America Securities Merrill Lynch, reports “a surge in global growth optimism”. Although there is no evidence of bullish […]
One of Gordon Brown’s favourite catchphrases, except when he is in the US, is: “This started in America.” Fair comment. Most countries quite rightly blame the US for the global financial collapse despite being willing players as long as the illusion of prosperity lasted.
In November last year, the FCA announced that from 31 March 2017, early exit pension charges will be capped at 1% for those customers who are eligible to access their retirement savings from age of 55. The rules also state that for new personal pension plans started after that date, or on new increments into […]
Financial advisers waste almost five hours a week doing menial tasks, according to a study by adviser tech platform Advicefront. With an average hourly wage of £46.38, one hour in eight is spent on unnecessary tasks and costs advisers £220 per week in wasted time. The survey asked advisers how much time they spend weekly on […]
Last week, the excellent Money Marketing Interactive Harrogate event took place, where I was fortunate enough to be part of the panel on diversity in advice. Last week also saw the 10th anniversary of the Lehman Brothers’ collapse. “If it had been Lehman Sisters rather than Lehman Brothers, the world might look a lot different […]
The total value of pension transfers fell from £10.6bn in the first quarter of the year to £8.2bn in the second quarter, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show. According to AJ Bell, this is the first drop in value of pension transfers since the second quarter of 2016. The figures coincide with […]