Newcastle Building Society had launched a five-year guaranteed bond offering returns based on 110 per cent of any growth in the Halifax House Price Index. The bond, available within an Isa, Sipp or Ssas, goes live on September 29 but funds invested before then benefit from an interest rate of 4.5 per cent.
This week by Jo Thornhill, personal finance correspondent, The Mail on SundayThe week starts with a frantic search for a case study, a common Monday morning exercise. This time, it is the tricky issue of the child tax credit. Claimants have been receiving renewal packs and the National Audit Office is due to deliver a […]
Some commentators have suggested that the FSA has thrown a spanner in the works by asserting that if advisers seek to deliver all a client’s investments through a single wrap, they must ensure that packaged products are considered from a range of providers in order to be called independent.
A report published this morning by the CIPD (CIPD Employee Outlook March 2015) provides yet more interesting data to the changing landscape of retirement planning. It should be remembered that we are in a period of genuine flux here given that the default retirement age was scrapped three years ago, and new pension freedoms come online in April. Both of these alterations will have a huge impact on how employees plan for their retirement.
As we hurtle towards the new year, it is worth remembering much of the so-called client-centricity discussed is, in fact, little more than process that will not determine whether you win, lose or draw. Sure, a process needs to be reliable, cost-efficient and to point the right service at the right people. But it is […]
The Association of Member Nominated Trustees and the UK Sustainable Investment Association have urged pension funds to keep an eye on whether their investment consultants’ sustainable investment advice lives up to the minimum service requirements under regulation. The AMNT and UKSIF says consultants should meet minimum requirements as soon as possible so as not to […]