Advisers have lambasted “crazy” Government rules which have led to the withdrawal of TV advertising for Pension Wise in the months surrounding pension freedoms. The service was set up to provide guidance to customers unsure of their options under the new rules, which came into force this week. But advisers have warned that strict limits […]
Tax continues to occupy an important place in the financial planning spectrum but you would expect a Wickenden to say that (I received a Tolley’s Tax Guide for my first birthday). What with all the publicity – the good, the bad and the Rooney – taxation is undoubtedly an increasingly strong concern for advised clients. […]
HSBC is reportedly seeking a new chairman to replace Douglas Flint. Sky News reports the bank has appointed headhunters MWM Consulting to specifically replace Flint. HSBC has a long-standing relationship with headhunters MWM Consulting to recruit for non-executive directors. Flint has served on the bank’s board since 1995, and took on the chairman’s role in 2010. While […]
Ukip has promised it will work to guarantee free advice to pensioners, as well as sharply increasing the budget for at-retirement guidance services. Alongside plans to overhaul state pensions announced yesterday, Ukip described current offerings from The Pensions Advisory Service and Citizens Advice as “completely inadequate”. It states that a Ukip government would make funds […]
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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