Former Treasury Chief Secretary Yvette Cooper has replaced James Purnell as Work and Pensions Secretary after he quit the Cabinet last week. Angela Eagle has taken over as pensions minister from Rosie Winterton, who has only had the brief since October 2008, when she took over from Mike O’Brien.
Net sales of European funds hit 3 billion (2.6 billion) in April, up from 75m in March, according to Lipper FMI’s Fund Flash Report. However, the inflow is a fraction of the 16 billion of inflows in the same month last year. The figure was boosted by a net inflow of 3.6 billion into bond […]
Welcome to the latest update for The Merchants Trust PLC from the Trust’s portfolio manager, Simon Gergel. Side Thoughts from Simon Gergel… April saw the first day since the industrial revolution that no coal was used to generate electricity for the UK’s national grid. The Financial Times reported that around 34% of power was generated […]
Another investment manager offering enterprise investment schemes has alerted clients of a 10 per cent drop in value for one of its portfolios following new Mifid rules. Mifid II, which came into force on 3 January, requires firms to notify clients when the overall value of their portfolio, relative to its value at the beginning of each reporting […]
The recent enquiry by the work and pensions select committee has reignited the debate about the future of collective defined contribution schemes. Whether these sort of schemes can be incorporated into the current UK pensions landscape is a moot point. Let’s consider some of the arguments for and against CDC. First of all, it is […]
Retirement interest-only mortgages are set to become more popular following the FCA removing hurdles to selling them. The regulator sees RIO mortgages as a possible aid to the waves of maturing interest-only loans with no repayment strategy. However, the FCA also wants RIO mortgages to be sold more widely, for example as an additional option […]