Jelf Employee Benefits focuses on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and what this means for businesses with operations in West Africa. This will be of particular interest to those with employees either travelling to, or living within, West Africa, the area affected by the most catastrophic outbreak of Ebola to date.
Back in 2012, Ross Anderson, then RDR implementation manager for Aviva, stood up at a conference and made some stark forecasts about the shape of the distribution market over the next three years. In a presentation designed to stir up debate, Anderson predicted restricted advice would account for 75 per cent of the market in […]
Labour has failed in a fresh push to ensure everyone buying an annuity must speak to an independent annuity broker. In an amendment to the Pension Schemes Bill, shadow pensions minister Gregg McClymont said no provider should be able to sell an annuity unless there is the express recommendation of an independent broker. Labour first […]
Employers using Now: Pensions for auto-enrolment could be slapped with fines if they use BACS transfers to make pension contributions. Yesterday, Money Marketing revealed how members and employers are due to suffer a Christmas ‘blackout’ as the scheme switches administration providers. As part of its migration to the new admin provider – JLT Employee Benefits […]
Royal Bank of Scotland is facing a record fine from the FCA for an IT failure in 2012 that left customers unable to pay bills or access cash from their accounts. Sky News reports the regulator has told RBS it must pay a fine worth tens of millions of pounds, which would be a record […]
The pace of change in the pension’s space has been little short of astonishing, and has left thousands of employers struggling to keep their pension policy compliant, and also on the right side of current best practice and governance. Many employers, and indeed many in the pensions industry itself, would like to see a period of no change during the next term of government. This would give all sides a chance to catch up and draw breath.
Invesco Perpetual leads the latest edition of the infamous Spot the Dog report, which identifies underperforming equity funds, as the number of dogs hits a record high. In its bi-annual Spot the Dog report, Bestinvest names and shames funds that have underperformed their benchmarks for three consecutive years and by more than five per cent over […]
Most firms regulated by the FCA are satisfied with its performance and believe it is an efficient regulator, the watchdog has said. The survey conducted by the FCA and its Practitioner Panel – one of its advisory bodies – sought feedback on the regulator’s performance from the firms it oversees. The results showed that both satisfaction and […]
Investing at this stage of the market cycle is a tough balancing act. While over-exposure to risky assets leaves a portfolio vulnerable when a correction really bites, taking too much risk off the table too soon can mean missing out on the remaining opportunities which may still present themselves over the coming months. With so […]