The combination of low inflation growth and excess liquidity following the ECB’s quantitative easing programme has distorted bond valuations, with some short-duration instruments now offering negative returns. At the beginning of March nearly $3.85trn (£2.56trn) or 17 per cent of developed market global government bonds traded at negative yields, according to Columbia Threadneedle Investments. In […]
Interrupting clients who were busy watching Coronation Street or bathing their children prompted Rochester-based adviser Jamie Smith-Thompson to establish a telephone-based advice business. The Portal Financial managing director was working as a self-employed adviser, generating his own prospective clients and trying to arrange face-to-face appointments with them when he had his Eureka moment. “I was […]
Aviva’s UK life division saw new business profits surge 15 per cent in the first quarter despite sales dropping year-on-year. The insurer’s first quarter interim management statement, published this morning, reveals the value of new business written in its UK life arm rose from £89m in Q1 last year to £103m in the first three […]
Pension tax relief is set to take another hammering from reform-hungry politicians, with both the Conservatives and Labour setting out complex plans to cut allowances for people earning more than £150,000. Labour has previously come under attack from the pensions industry over its plans to taper away tax breaks for high earners. The proposals, which […]
Johnson Fleming has partnered with Openwork in order to make its managed auto-enrolment service available to Openwork’s advisers.
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