The Monetary Policy Committee has been forced to take risks on inflation because of the Government’s fiscal policy, Lord Myners has claimed. Speaking in the House of Lords on Monday, ex-City minister and Labour peer Lord Myners said the recent GDP figures which showed the economy contracted by 0.5 per cent was a sign the […]
Investors are right to be concerned about China’s medium-term future, according to Anthony Bolton, the manager of the Fidelity China Special Situations trust. Bolton says he does not want to belittle investors’ concerns about the country’s one-child policy and the low number of young people growing up to support the economy. According to Bolton, the […]
Asset management firms are reporting pressure to increase their bonus and salary figures to avoid mass talent migration, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers. As a percentage of net revenues, compensation costs have increased by 4 per cent over the last financial year. Despite 63 per cent of those polled experiencing a fall in profits over […]
As the anger continues over another huge Financial Services Compensation Scheme interim levy the regulatory authorities fail to prioritise the need for reform. For the second year many small IFA firms are facing huge levy payments, in some cases wiping out significant amounts of profit. Firms already dealing with the demands of increasing qualification levels, […]
Do macro headlines create white noise which impacts market prices? Portfolio Manager at Harris Associates, David Herro, discusses how market volatility can create opportunities to buy good business at a discount.
What an incredible year it has been for the advice profession. Despite persistent fears negative headlines are holding advisers back, there is hope on the horizon that the government really is sitting up and taking notice of the role financial planning can play. The dial has finally moved on the cold-calling ban, the introduction of […]
Aberdeen Standard Investments has been appointed as investment adviser for £3.6bn of assets across a range of portfolios for Virgin Money, marking the next step towards the pair’s joint venture. The latest stage of the plans has seen ASI appointed investment adviser for five funds: the Virgin UK Index Tracking Trust; the Virgin Bond, Gilt and […]
Royal London boosted profits by 20 per cent last year to reach £396m on the back of an increase in pension sales. Individual pension sales increased from £6.3bn to £6.8bn, despite a number of headwinds for the sector as a whole including the end of the auto-enrolment roll-out, turbulent market conditions as a result of […]