Australia has imposed a harsh new cap for lifetime contributions to pensions, dramatically restricting the amounts the British savers will be able to take with them if they emigrate Down Under. Last week the Australian government installed a limit of $500,000 (£254,000) on non-concessional contributions, sometimes known as ‘after tax’ contributions, that can be made […]
Standard Life and James Hay are imposing strict rules, including compulsory property managers, on customers who hold property within a Sipp. The providers require a property manager to be involved even if the Sipp member is also the tenant. A Standard Life spokeswoman says customers must use DTZ, Lambert Smith Hampton or CBRE as manager. […]
Exposure to the UK small-cap market can provide investors with additional spice to their wider portfolios. Like any good chef, however, fund managers have to consider a broad range of ingredients in order to make the end result a tolerable experience. Providing investors with a dish that could leave them with heartburn would not be […]
Sales at Just Retirement plunged by nearly a fifth (18 per cent) in the first three months of the year, quarterly results published today show. Total sales – including bulk and traditional annuities, drawdown and equity release – fell from £276.1m to £226.7m year-on-year. Defined benefit de-risking deals fell 54 per cent, to £43m, while […]
Jacob de Tusch-Lec, manager of the Global Income Fund, analyses a sell-off so “vicious” that the ‘hot’ stocks are underperforming emerging markets. What does it mean for the portfolio – now and in the months to come?
Adviser trade body Pimfa has called on the government to go forward with the pensions dashboard as rumours swirl that ministers are considering abandoning the idea. Pimfa’s call comes after reports claim work and pensions secretary Esther McVey believes that the pensions dashboard would be a distraction to rolling out universal credit and so should […]
The Money Advice Service will soon be superseded by a new public financial guidance body, rolling it into Pension Wise and The Pensions Advisory Service. Money Marketing looks at some of the key stats for the organisation ahead of the transition.
The year so far has been full of manager and senior staff moves. Earlier this month, eight senior staff at Standard Life Aberdeen left to go to Aviva Investors, to join former Standard Life Investments equities head David Cumming. With moves like this in mind, is a management team or sole manager the better choice? […]