A resurgence in investment bonds is expected as the life industry migrates its product structures to conform with the FSA’s retail distribution review. While sales of investment bonds, both on and offshore, still look flat relative to their 2007 levels, greater interest in the wrappers is becoming evident. Tax and pension changes implemented in April also appear to be bolstering the product that a year ago many were calling outdated.
The Pension Policy Institute (PPI)’s recent report “Value for money in DC pensions” tries to identify factors by which people can assess whether their pension offers fair value for money (VFM). Fiona Tait provides an overview of the findings. Positive Outcomes It is extremely hard to assess VFM in a pension. Press activity naturally focuses […]
Last month, the BBC’s Money Box covered the story of a protection customer who had seen her quoted life and critical illness premium rise by around a third after she disclosed a historic mental health issue. The woman was taking cover as a parent of young children and had originally chosen an insurer after getting […]
The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment has set up a helpline for participants in its financial planning mentoring scheme. The helpline, which is being supported by Schroders, will be open to mentors and mentees on the programme, which started on the first of January this year, looking for support in achieving professional financial planning […]
Collapsed wealth manager Greyfriars Asset Management sold its Sipp and SSAS administration business to Hartley Pensions for £820,000 an update on Companies House shows. Money Marketing previously discovered Hartley took on 1600 Sipps, 160 SSAS and almost £500m assets under management onto its books for an undisclosed sum, with fresh documents now revealing the value […]