IFAs like to think of themselves as the natural place for a consumer to turn for advice but research from Zurich suggests that the reality is vastly different. In a survey conducted by YouGov, only 16 per cent of consumers said they had an adviser. A further 27 per cent said they had previously had an adviser but not presently and 57 per cent said they had never taken financial advice.
The last two weeks has seen the saga of Bradford & Bingley reach new heights. News emerged today that US investment group Texas Pacific Group has withdrawn its £179m cash injection for the firm after learning that ratings agency Moody’s is to downgrade the bank once again.
Those of you who have read any of the political manifestos over the previous weeks may have noticed one glaring omission from all the publications: the subject of welfare reform and the role that income protection could (and probably should) play in this process.
It is unclear whether the FCA will consider widening its platform exit fee ban after the regulator poured cold water on reports it was preparing a new consultation. The Financial Times reported this morning that discussion had taken place over a potential paper laying the background for a widening of the proposed exit charge ban […]
Too many new initiatives are ignoring the obvious foundation available from which to build on Last month’s Budget documents confirmed the government is supporting the pension dashboard project, setting aside £5m to fund it. But the most significant part of the announcement was that the documents referenced “pension dashboards” – plural, not singular. The clear […]