A year ago, few were predicting a strong market recovery, with the general view being that recession and high levels of Government debt would prove difficult for UK investors. Corporate bonds and large-cap UK equities were the safe-haven choices. In the end, 2009 produced positive returns for almost all sectors. What will be the best-performing sectors in 2010?
The Association of British Insurers’ proposal to increase the age of forced annuitisation to 80 has been warmly received by the industry. The ABI policy paper, entitled, Time For Change: Seven Proposals to Improve DC Pension Benefits, published this week, called for a number of changes to the way that DC pension income is taken […]
A survey conducted by Johnson Fleming at the Pension & Benefits Show 2014 highlighted the key challenges faced within organisations post auto-enrolment. The results showed that communicating the changes and the value of them to staff, and receiving timely data from the payroll provider proved to still be the most challenging aspects of managing an auto-enrolment scheme.
Platform technology provider FNZ has supplied the blockchain system powering The Big Issue’s new impact investment platform. The Big Exchange platform will offer funds from fund managers, including Aberdeen Standard Investments Columbia Threadneedle, Alliance Bernstein and Alquity. Big Issue Invest says the platform will bring social and environmental funds direct to retail consumer for the first […]
Making pensions simple for everyone to understand is one of my key missions as a minister. Simple, two-page, standardised pension statements, the pensions dashboard for online access to pensions information, an industry provided mid-life MOT are clearly the way forward. Traditionally, pensions are complex. We want to change this. If something is impenetrable, people shy […]
Harwood Wealth Management Group has reported strong revenue growth on the back of a host of acquisitions this year. As at the end of its financial year (31 October 2018), Harwood says performance has been driven by both organic growth and purchases. A total of nine acquisitions were completed during the financial year, for an […]