The LibDems have revised their pension policy with a switch from increases linked to earnings rather than prices. The revised proposals for pension reform include raising the state pension age to 67 to help pay for extending their citizen’s pension to all pensioners rather than just people over 75. The LibDems would also scrap the […]
The Treasury select committee will question Chancellor Gordon Brown over the pre- Budget report. The committee is calling for submissions to put to the Chancellor and Treasury officials as part of its inquiry into the report, due to be issued on December 5. The programme of oral evidence consists of two public meetings on December […]
Skandia has launched a new range of tax and financial planning tools for its wrap.The provider says the tools have been designed to support the advice process and enable advisers to demonstrate the benefits of their recommendations to clients.The Business Premium Equaliser calculates the premiums that should be attached to each individual member of a […]
The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions illustrate that sickness absence is still a major cost to businesses, with an annual bill for sick pay and associated costs to employers of £9bn. This paper from Jelf Employee Benefits looks at the importance of recording sickness absence for any employee health strategy and how this can be carried out in an efficient manner to reduce absence, improve employee engagement and drive up profits.
Invesco Perpetual leads the latest edition of the infamous Spot the Dog report, which identifies underperforming equity funds, as the number of dogs hits a record high. In its bi-annual Spot the Dog report, Bestinvest names and shames funds that have underperformed their benchmarks for three consecutive years and by more than five per cent over […]
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 […]