Origen’s Michelle Cracknell is joining Skandia as its new strategy director.She will head a dedicated strategy team covering all Skandia’s businesses, with her brief to ensure that the company is well positioned to benefit from regulatory and market-driven developments.Skandia says her function is key to enabling it to continue building its UK and offshore business. […]
Skandia says investment bonds still have a place despite the capital gains tax changes made in the pre-Budget report.Head of tax and financial planning Colin Jelley says a simpler CGT regime is a great opportunity for long-term investors. Some people will be better off investing in unit trusts or Oeics if the changes are enacted […]
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.
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 […]