Unions representing 1.5 million 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 Johnson’s deal with other public sector workers.
Yorkshire Building Society is launching a new 10-year fixed rate mortgage at 4.69 per cent.The deal will be available in branch, online and by telephone from Friday January 27.Interest is charged daily, and loans are available up to 95 per cent LTV. ASU insurance is included free for the first six months.There is a 495 […]
FundsNetwork has appointed Nic Burton from Scottish Widows as head of insured propositions. At Scottish Widows Burton managed savings and investment products for the UK IFA market, as well as structured and guaranteed products through the bancassurance channel at Lloyds TSB.Burton will have management responsibilty for the platform’s recently launched onshore bond, and planned offshore […]
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has released advice on communications for employers, including three tips to help you with your auto-enrolment duties. 1. Allow enough time to select your pension schemeIt’s recommended that you start to prepare for auto-enrolment at least 12 months in advance of your staging date; additionally, give yourself time to choose the […]
With a firm understanding of clients’ needs and expectations, more advisers are looking to offer the perfect financial plan to cater for their circumstances, but where is the starting point for selection? A discretionary management service is one of the tools that advisers have at their disposal to craft the perfect plan for their client. […]
The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment has appointed four new members to its financial planning forum committee. St James’s Place senior manager for partnership development James Mallinson will work with the CISI on organising its forum events and also more broadly on financial planning strategy. Mallinson says: “I am passionate about holistic financial planning and hope […]
M&G Investments will halt trading on 21 funds as it ploughs ahead with plans to shift £34bn of assets out of the UK amid Brexit concerns. The suspensions, which will begin midday Thursday and finish on Monday, are the first of four tranches of planned downtime by M&G so as not to suspend all of […]