Noel Butwell, Distribution Director at Standard Life, talks Pension Freedoms.
An influential committee of MPs has today launched an inquiry into automatic enrolment, focusing on how the reforms affect smaller employers. The Work and Pensions committee has requested written evidence on the implementation of auto-enrolment and the impact it will have on small and micro employers. The committee will focus its inquiry on the suitability […]
The report (Money Marketing, October 25) that Marlborough Stirling's research has found that 53 per cent of people prefer not to meet their financial adviser in person flies in the face of general perceptions. It also contradicts other (perhaps more disinterested) research studies as well. Typically, you would expect to find that some 70 per […]
Zurich Life UK chief executive Gary Shaughnessy is to take on a new role as the insurer’s global life chief executive. Shaughnessy replaces Kristof Terryn who was appointed chief executive of general insurance in October. He will take the position from 4 January. The appointment means the insurer is seeking a new leader for its […]
The FCA is calling for feedback on whether regulation is stifling the social investment sector. In its latest paper, ‘Call for Input: Regulatory Barriers to Social Investments’, the regulator has published a set of questions to gather views from social enterprises, investors and financial advisers on a wide range of issues including capital raising and the potential risks […]
Portfolio Manager David Herro of Harris Associates discusses how macro economic instability can be exploited; how volatility can create opportunities to buy into businesses at low prices.
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Another investment manager offering enterprise investment schemes has alerted clients of a 10 per cent drop in value for one of its portfolios following new Mifid rules. Mifid II, which came into force on 3 January, requires firms to notify clients when the overall value of their portfolio, relative to its value at the beginning of each reporting […]
The recent enquiry by the work and pensions select committee has reignited the debate about the future of collective defined contribution schemes. Whether these sort of schemes can be incorporated into the current UK pensions landscape is a moot point. Let’s consider some of the arguments for and against CDC. First of all, it is […]
Retirement interest-only mortgages are set to become more popular following the FCA removing hurdles to selling them. The regulator sees RIO mortgages as a possible aid to the waves of maturing interest-only loans with no repayment strategy. However, the FCA also wants RIO mortgages to be sold more widely, for example as an additional option […]