Refinement of the sales pro-cess for equity-release products and the identification of tax and benefits will bring a boost for brokers, intermediaries were told at Expo 2004 last week.
Younger employees are failing to save for their retirement, according to Aon Consulting.
Old Mutual has its sights on a UK life insurer as it looks to spend a 1bn war chest to build its market share.
Alliance & Leicester head of intermediary sales Mehrdad Yousefi is adamant the company has made the right decision in restricting the number of principals it would deal with up to and beyond M-Day. “Lenders have to be very vigilant about the marketplace and it will not be until the end of January at the earliest […]
By Robin Geffen, fund manager and CEO
This year threatens to be a challenging one for UK dividend hunters. Last year saw an all-time record amount paid out in UK dividends — some £97.4bn, according to research from Capita Dividend Monitor. Yet as Capita also pointed out, out the biggest single factor driving the growth in the fourth quarter of last year was easy to identify: the rising US dollar.
In our view, this trend is much more than simply a one-quarter phenomenon. It is actually the most profound issue to get right as a UK equity income investor in 2015. We believe that the US dollar will continue to strengthen significantly from its current level. This is due more to the US economy’s demonstrable de-coupling from the rest of the world than to a view on the UK. The US has a strong chance of tightening monetary conditions this year without jeopardising growth or de-stabilising its housing market. The same can unfortunately not be said about the UK.
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