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 News emerged today that US investment group Texas Pacific Group has withdrawn its £179m cash injection for the firm after learning that ratings agency Moody’s is to downgrade the bank once again.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.
An MP has called the government’s plans to change the pension credit system a “backward step” and a “disgrace”. In January the government announced it will limit access to pension credits for couples from May this year. It has decided that pension credits will, from now on, only be available to couples where both partners have […]
Cutting back on costs can lead to a challenging environment for risk assets TINA, meaning “there is no alternative” to owning risk assets like credit and equities, has defined much of the current bull market. TINA wasn’t an accident, central banks purposefully sought to reduce the return available on safe assets to force investors into […]
From emotion recognition systems to AI compliance functions, the T3 conference points the way forward Adviser technology that appears in the US is often a sign of things to come here and gives a chance to learn from early adopters. One of the most valuable conferences I visit around the world is Technology Tools for […]