Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget announcement in 2014 held the promise of a new world of retirement solutions, giving providers the opportunity to innovate as never before. The tragedy is that providers have not risen to the challenge laid at their door – largely repackaging and renaming what came before. There is a clear need for […]
The FCA is to consult on producing mission statement in a bid to boost the public’s understanding of what does and its role within society. The mission, revealed by chief executive Andrew Bailey at the regulator’s annual public meeting today, will include a proposal to be published in early autumn followed by a period of […]
While watching the Williams sisters advance to the final stages of Wimbledon, I caught up with the latest financial news. An article caught my eye about an advisory firm being launched in Nottingham called Cockburn Lucas for Women. I wonder what the odds are for Cockburn Lucas to be successful in attracting female clients? The […]
Jelf Employee Benefits looks at the issue of paying anaesthetist fees when the patient had no chance to discuss or agree to them prior to care; and provides recommendations for avoiding this scenario.
Most of us would agree that pensions were complicated enough before April 2015, but since the pension freedom changes came into effect it has got a whole lot worse.
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Scotland has introduced a new set of income tax bands, but pensions experts warn that the changes could cause issues with pension tax relief calculations. In the Scottish Budget today, the Government announced a new starter rate of 19p and then a 21p rate for those earning over £24,000. The higher rate of tax is […]
The scramble to do as many defined benefit transfers as possible while values remain high is unabated, and I am constantly amazed at how some firms have thrown caution to the wind in the hunt for their share of this – admittedly lucrative – opportunity. The problem is that advisers are putting their profits before […]
The FCA working group tasked with setting a template for fund charge disclosure is considering whether one or multiple templates would be more suitable. The institutional disclosure working group, chaired by transparency champion Chris Sier, has been tasked with creating a new template for fund costs and charges following the package of remedies outlined in […]