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 […]
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 […]
How to make a pot of money last a lifetime- this is the crux of the retirement challenge. While the retirement landscape has undergone significant changes, the fundamentals of the challenge have remained the same but the responsibility for addressing it has shifted from institutions to the individual. Drawdown accounts are now the most popular […]
The FCA has confirmed that financial adviser pair Alan and Russell Taylor will not be allowed to work in any regulated position again after being jailed for 11 years on fraud charges. The brothers, who ran Norfolk IFA Taylor and Taylor Associates, plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud earlier this year, after defrauding nearly 200 […]
Markets have fluctuated in recent months but whether this will continue remains to be seen Stockmarkets exhibit a striking degree of seasonality. “Sell in May and go away” sounds like a superstition but patterns in decades of stockmarket data show that there is some underlying truth to it. A mechanical approach that sold everything in […]