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 […]
Despite being around since the 1970s, index tracker funds did not have much love from investors until a decade ago, when Lehman Brothers crashed along with many people’s faith in financiers. The popularity of passive funds grew steadily and they went from a negligible market share at the beginning of the millennium to making up […]
IFAs want more clarity on environmental, social and governance investment products to be able to better communicate them to clients. A HSBC Global Asset Management survey of over 200 UK IFAs found that 57 per cent would like more ratings for ESG products. Concerns over diversity, human rights, consumer protection, and animal welfare are the […]
St James’s Place has hired Claire Blackwell as director of marketing from Newton Investment Management. Blackwell says: “We have a responsibility to continue to develop ourselves and our proposition in the interests of better financial outcomes for clients.” SJP shuns new CII exam in favour of in-house programmes She has held a variety of positions across the […]