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 […]
A life expectancy tool that assesses longevity based on information including a health assessment from a qualified nurse is aiming to help advisers with defined benefit pension transfer advice. The FCA introduced a rule this year that advisers making a recommendation on a DB transfer must plan for a client living a “reasonable” period beyond […]
Discretionary fund manager charges have come under increasing scrutiny since the FCA launched its platform market study in July last year. The regulator is currently looking at the role of DFMs in the value chain to see if their charges are justified, with the results expected to be revealed later this summer. Money Marketing has […]