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.
Advice giant St James’s Place will block access to its investment platform for 10 days while it migrates services to a new provider. SJP tells Money Marketing that the work will affect online service ability for clients between 19 October and 29 October. A spokesman says: “SJP will carry out essential maintenance to our systems as part […]
This summer saw the S&P 500 rule headlines for enjoying the longest-running bull market in history. Yet, as per the old adage, what goes up inevitably comes down, and it is the job of advisers to manage clients’ portfolios accordingly – either directly or via the third-party investment services they use. A crude assumption might […]
There is currently no minimum qualification level, but the majority of advisers think this needs to change The role of the paraplanner is a relatively new one and its definition and responsibilities can differ hugely between firms. According to the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, the role can be broken down into four key […]