Former pensions minister Steve Webb has defended communication of the new state pension, the triple lock and played down the concerns of women who will miss out under the new regime. Speaking to the Work and Pensions committee today, Webb hit back at claims the new system has been missold. Earlier this month, pensions minister […]
The Government has drawn up plans to apply an “emergency pause” to the rollout of auto-enrolment to small and micro firms. Ahead of a rapid increase in the number of firms hitting deadlines to enroll staff in schemes, the Department for Work and Pensions has plans in place to halt the programme if necessary, the […]
The industry is split over whether the Government will be forced to slow the pace of automatic enrolment as millions of small employers set up pensions for the first time. In yesterday’s Autumn Statement the Chancellor revealed planned increases to minimum contributions will be delayed by six months. The move nets the Treasury £840m over two years […]
The new full state pension will be set at £155.65 a week when it begins to be paid in April 2016, the Chancellor has announced. Speaking as part of the Autumn Statement today, George Osborne confirmed the weekly amount which will be paid to people with a full 35 year National Insurance Contribution record. Workers […]
Macroeconomic matters are less significant for stockpickers, says fund manager Philip Wolstencroft. The companies in his portfolio are growing reliably and stand at a 20 per cent discount to the market.
Invesco Perpetual leads the latest edition of the infamous Spot the Dog report, which identifies underperforming equity funds, as the number of dogs hits a record high. In its bi-annual Spot the Dog report, Bestinvest names and shames funds that have underperformed their benchmarks for three consecutive years and by more than five per cent over […]
Most firms regulated by the FCA are satisfied with its performance and believe it is an efficient regulator, the watchdog has said. The survey conducted by the FCA and its Practitioner Panel – one of its advisory bodies – sought feedback on the regulator’s performance from the firms it oversees. The results showed that both satisfaction and […]
Investing at this stage of the market cycle is a tough balancing act. While over-exposure to risky assets leaves a portfolio vulnerable when a correction really bites, taking too much risk off the table too soon can mean missing out on the remaining opportunities which may still present themselves over the coming months. With so […]