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BlackRock Q1 profit up 9% helped by ETFs inflows

BlackRock has reported a 9 per cent rise in net income in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year, helped by large inflows into its exchange-traded funds. Net income was £551m in the first quarter of 2015, up from £507m in the same period last year. The company saw $70.4bn […]

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Tisa publishes guidelines on Isa inheritance rules

Tisa, the British Bankers Association and the British Societies Association have published guidelines to help consumers understand new rules which allow spouses to inherit Isa allowances. In the 2014 Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne announced Isa assets could be passed on to surviving spouses or civil partners. The rules came into effect on 6 April […]

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Scottish Widows appoints head of bulk annuities

Scottish Widows has appointed a managing director of bulk annuities and investment strategy as part of a management shake-up. In October Lloyds Banking Group announced Scottish Widows would enter the bulk annuity market. It has now appointed Jeff Sayers, previously insurance divisional risk officer at Lloyds, to lead the proposition. Sayers joined Lloyds in 2013 […]

How tax relief changes will hit pension contributions

The highest earners in the country would lose out more on pensions tax relief under the Conservatives than the Liberal Democrats. Each of the major parties has indicated cutting the tax relief on higher earners following the general election. Scenarios modelled by Fidelity Worldwide Investment show someone earning £250,000 a year and making gross pension […]

ISM v PMI

Ian Kernohan, Senior Economist at Royal London Asset Management, analyses the ISM v PMI and notes that the gap between them has widened recently. Read the article here The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the […]

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