This week by Daily Telegraph investment columnist Tom StevensonIt seemed like a good idea at the time – going freelance. No more dreary Sundays in the office struggling to follow up someone else’s story or sitting around just being there when your work was long done – the curse of presenteeism.
The FSA has updated its guidance to employers operating stakeholder or group per- sonal pensions in light of rec-ent legislative changes. The guide explains to emp-loyers what they can do to help their staff understand the pension scheme they are offering. Employers which meet certain conditions set out in the guide are now able to […]
Furness Building Society is launching into the non-conforming mortgage market with a distribution agreement with Mortgages plc. Furness will market the entire Mortgages plc product range to intermediaries using jointly branded marketing and promotional material. A specialist team has also been set up within the Furness Direct operation.
Framlington is looking to raise 35m with the launch of its second Aim VCT. Brian Watson, who runs the firm’s first Aim VCT, which raised 24.6m in 2004/05 after being launched last December, will be lead manager. Watson will be supported by the UK team, which inclu- des Roger Whiteoak, Nigel Thomas, Richard Peirson and […]
By Fiona Tait, Pensions Specialist Ros Altmann reportedly hoped for more product innovation following pension freedom¹ and, according to one poll, 66 per cent of advisers also believe that providers should be doing more². This article considers whether there is a real client need for new products, or whether we should be focusing our attention on efficient delivery […]
Advisers’ professional indemnity policies will no longer exclude Financial Services Compensation Scheme claims, the FCA has confirmed today. Some current PI insurance policies have excluded the FSCS as a claimant, or exclude claims where the firm provider or fund has become insolvent. Following feedback from a July consultation paper however, the regulator confirms changes to its handbook […]
Poor choice of pension products can make older Brits dissatisfied and depressed in retirement, research by Legal & General and Demos found. Analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing has found evidence of a link between health and well-being and the choices people make about how they use their pension savings. The research found […]
The average UK house price fell by £5,222 or 1.7 per cent in November, according to Rightmove. The property website tracks asking prices of properties coming on to the market and says prices are falling fastest in Britain’s wealthiest towns as Brexit uncertainty grips the property market. Rightmove reports that the biggest falls are in […]