The Bank of England will continue its quantitative easing programme. The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) today announced that it expects the programme to be completed next month.The MPC will review the scale of the programme again at its August meeting. The Asset Purchase Facility, which was increased from £75 billion to £125 billion in […]
Just Retirement has called for the retirement wake-up pack to be abolished.
Treasury select committee chairman John McFall has attacked the FSA for not naming the lenders under investigation for mishandling of arrears.
The Close Special Situations fund was the best performing vehicle for the first two quarters of the year, according to research carried out by Thames River.The British small-cap fund returned 42.9% in the first three months of the year, followed by another 51.2% in the second quarter. Its peer group, UK Smaller Companies, was also […]
Using an investment wrapper set up by a life insurance company in a jurisdiction with a favourable tax regime, such as the Isle of Man or Dublin, opens up a wealth of planning opportunities. Investors benefit from growth that is largely free of tax as no tax is imposed on the income and gains in […]
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Latest statistics show personal pensions, in particular, get a bad rap The recently published preliminary estimates from the Office for National Statistics’ Wealth and Assets Survey make for interesting reading with regards to how people view pension savings and how safe they are. The next round of this survey will be even more interesting in light […]
Beaufort Group is planning to add three more firms to its network with one deal expected to finalise next week. Chief executive Andrew Bennett says the other two small to medium-sized firms are expected to join “imminently”. In January, Beaufort Group added Statehouse Group as an appointed representative. The firm is now called Beaufort Financial […]
Significant gilt weightings continue to be recommended, despite concerning signals on their risk Government bonds play a pivotal role in a balanced portfolio; there are very few assets that provide the diversification benefits gilts can bring. So often over the last 30 years, when equity markets have zigged, bond markets have zagged, thereby smoothing return […]