Unions representing 1.5m local council workers are to ballot for strike action over plans to raise their retirement age from 60 to 65. These workers were excluded from DTI secretary Alan Johnsons deal with other public sector workers and instead have to negotiate with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
IFA Promotion is issuing a factsheet through its website explaining key facts disclosure documents to consumers.The sheet explains how consumers can use the mandatory information covered in the two documents – About our Services and About the cost of our services. It clarifies the status of financial advisers and looks at how consumers can use […]
By George Boyd-Bowman, Manager of the Neptune Global Income Fund Recent research has indicated that global dividend growth will slump by as much as 50 per cent in 2016. As collapsing commodities hit high-profile dividend payers, George Boyd-Bowman explains why the US and Japan are his top picks for income growth in 2016. Click here […]
AFH chief executive Alan Hudson on leading the industry’s most prolific advice firm consolidator After announcing four acquisitions in just two weeks earlier this month, AFH chief executive Alan Hudson knows the market has questions about the sustainability of the group’s success. AFH is becoming a mainstay of adviser-press headlines as it continues buying up […]
Auto-enrolment has transformed saving and new regulations will help the pensions industry keep up. In 2012, pensions saving ebbed to a new low. Just 42 per cent of eligible private sector workers were participating in a workplace pension. Just six years on, that figure has soared to 81 per cent. The impact of auto-enrolment has […]
Michael Klimes examines the sceptical attitude advisers take towards crypto-currencies Unregulated investments can take diverse forms in the UK, from burial plots near Birmingham to storage pods in Blackburn. In more exotic locations such as the Caribbean, property is popular, while so-called “ethical crops” have lured investors to Africa. While these have been on advisers’ […]