Scottish Widows has signed a deal with FundsNetwork, which will allow Widows retirement accountholders to access over 800 funds.
Fidelity’s decision to reduce the higher initial charge it had imposed on the UK portion of its special situations fund has certainly rattled a few investment cages this week.
HBOS is to embark on a multi-million-pound inv- estment drive over the next two years to boost its already dominant position in the intermediary mortgage market. The giant has pledged to pump £10m into improving services for brokers, in addition to its “business as usual” investment. It will be largely spent on improving technology to […]
Gordon Brown’s Budget changes have made choosing whether to invest in VCT or EIS a great deal more difficult
The figure dwarfs previous estimates, which put the damage to pension schemes, caused by the Chancellor’s decision to remove advanced corporation tax relief from equity dividends in 1997, at 40bn-50bn.
Pension specialist Fiona Tait gives an update on three big announcements from the 2016 Budget – Pensions Advice Allowance (PAA), the Lifetime ISA (LISA) and the pension dashboard. £500 Pensions Advice Allowance What’s new Under current rules it is possible to deduct an adviser charge from a defined contribution pension fund to pay for financial […]
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