Defined benefit pension transfer charges are being put under the microscope again as the regulator turns over more potential conflicts of interest. With the British Steel Pension Scheme the latest to dominate headlines and the FCA ready to interrogate further as it extends its review to include all firms authorised to give pension transfer advice, […]
The Lifetime Isa has launched with little fanfare amid criticism the product will only serve the wealthy and disappointment at the lack of initial appetite among providers. The Lifetime Isa went live on 6 April, with those between 18 and 40 able to pay in up to £4,000 each tax year, with contributions qualifying for […]
OMW says new agreement with FNZ “considerably de-risks” its replatforming programme Old Mutual Wealth has terminated its contract with IFDS for its replatforming project and is now partnering with FNZ instead. In a statement, OMW says the move “considerably de-risks” its platform transformation programme. At the end of April, the replatforming project had cost OMW […]
Nicolas Just, Head of Smart Beta at Seeyond, says the most important point to recognise about the Seeyond approach to investing is that it sees volatility as an asset class and, with its factor-plus products, it aims to build portfolios that will outperform an index over one year/achieve outperformance as frequently as it can.
According to George Osborne “people like Isas – because they’re simple”. Fiona Tait is not convinced… Contributions & bonuses What he said: “From April 2017, anyone under the age of 40 will be able to open a Lifetime Isa and save up to £4,000 each year. And for every £4 you save, the Government will […]
Some investors holding money with Blackmore Bonds are yet to receive July interest payments, despite the firm’s insistence all funds have been transferred and cleared. One such investor has told Money Marketing they have been “ignored” by Blackmore. Chief executive of the mini-bond provider Patrick McCreesh told Money Marketing this week that some investors holding Isas […]
Rebates have been confirmed as taxable this month, in the long-running clash between Hargreaves Lansdown and HMRC. This effectively confirms “superclean” share classes are the most tax-efficient mechanism for delivering preferential rates on funds, rather than the oxymoronic “clean with rebates”. Asset managers will be very reluctant to implement multiple share classes at varying prices […]
Collapsed Sipp administrator GPC Sipp has nearly £1m in debts owed to creditors according to a statement of affairs document published on Companies House. It shows there is a shortfall of £964,832.00 owed to creditors and most of the Sipp shares are owned by managing director Kathryn Taylor who holds 73 shares. The others are […]