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 News emerged today that US investment group Texas Pacific Group has withdrawn its £179m cash injection for the firm after learning that ratings agency Moody’s is to downgrade the bank once again.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.
Knowledge of how the tax relief rules work for corporate losses will add considerable value to an adviser’s proposition Financial planning tends to focus on situations where there is available capital or income – very possibly created from business profits for SME owner-managers. But sometimes businesses make losses, and an awareness of how the tax […]
Close Brothers Asset Management saw net inflows jump 43 per cent to £1bn year-on-year, from £757m in 2017. The business released its preliminary results for the 12 months to 31 July today. Close Brothers says the strong inflows were delivered by its own advisers and investment managers, as well as third party advisers. Coventry-based Adrian […]
The Financial Ombudsman Service has told Tenet to compensate a client for its failure to give timely advice that resulted in an annual allowance charge of around £14,000. In the ruling, Mr T was a client of Tenet Connect, Tenet’s network of advisers, who found he was under threat of redundancy and made an appointment […]