Part-time workers have a hard life. Many of them are low-paid. Many are women. Many are excluded from occupational pension schemes. But, supported by their unions, they are fighting back. They are also getting help from the European Court of Justice. Last December, the ECJ ruled in favour of a mental health officer on the […]
Mortgage Trust is paying out its first renewal commissions to brokers which last year completed over £1m of business on its two flexible mortgage products, the Early Payment Plus and the Current Account Mortgage. Brokers have to be members of Mortgage Trust's Millionaires Club, which supports IFAs which sell mortgages in volume. They will get […]
Norwich Union's £53.5m Norwich American smaller companies trust is ninth out of 1,495 unit trusts over the last year, with growth of 27.88 per cent. The top 10, for so long dominated by Hong Kong trusts, emerging market funds and trackers, now includes five funds investing in North America. The NU fund, managed by Terry […]
Axa Sun Life is revamping its entire product range in its first major drive into the IFA market since the £690m Axa Equity & Law merger with Sun Life. The two companies merged last July. Axa will become the direct arm and Sun Life was relaunched last week as the IFA arm. The new IFA […]
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.
Robo-adviser Candid Financial Advice has exceeded £100m in client funds under advice five years after its launch. Candid director Justin Modray says he is now looking to improve the firm’s scalability and accelerate growth since starting out in 2013. The firm is targeting an additional £100m in the next two and a half years. Modray […]
SimplyBiz Group has announced two new hires in a bid to strengthen its compliance support team. Paul Bruns, who will work as director of field compliance, joins from Sesame Bankhall Group, where he worked for 14 years – most recently as compliance operations and oversight manager. Among his new duties he will take charge of […]
Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) compensated thousands of former Beaufort clients five months after the discretionary fund manager’s collapse in the most recent round of repayments. Last weekend, 12,000 of Beaufort’s ex-clients were moved to a new broker company The Share Centre. First tranche of cash and assets was returned to clients in this round. […]