Annie Shaw is a freelance financial journalist To the Chelsea Flower Show as a guest of HBOS, where the flowers were fab and I met Jamie Oliver – no, not that one. The one enjoying Halifax’s hospitality is the author of sundry books about death and sex (separate titles) and also writes about entrepreneurs and other financial things for the Daily Telegraph.
There is no doubt that this has been a challenging period for UK equities, particularly those which invest in smaller companies. Over the year to April 30, the total return for the FTSE 100 was -2 per cent compared with -19.3 per cent for the smaller companies market as measured by the Hoare Govett Smaller Companies index excluding investment trusts.
Most firms regulated by the FCA are satisfied with its performance and believe it is an efficient regulator, the watchdog has said. The survey conducted by the FCA and its Practitioner Panel – one of its advisory bodies – sought feedback on the regulator’s performance from the firms it oversees. The results showed that both satisfaction and […]
Investing at this stage of the market cycle is a tough balancing act. While over-exposure to risky assets leaves a portfolio vulnerable when a correction really bites, taking too much risk off the table too soon can mean missing out on the remaining opportunities which may still present themselves over the coming months. With so […]
A complaint that an Aviva system error kept an investor from retirement for five years and resulted in substantial financial distress has been rejected by the Pensions Ombudsman. The complainant – Mr D – held an Aviva Pension Plan until 2008, during which time he was underpaid £37,010.57 due to a fault in Aviva’s processing system […]