Navigating choppy waters: Will advice or technology led models flourish in the future?

Advisers will be aware of the recent hive of activity around businesses that provide services for DIY investors. Interactive Investor is to acquire TD Direct Investing in a move that will create the UK’s second largest online broker, while other firms have revealed plans for new direct-to-consumer propositions or their particular take on rob-advice. But […]


Hargreaves research head bullish in face of volatile 2017

Column inches are filled at this time of year with commentators’ predictions for the coming 12 months. It is a practice I have never quite understood. Nothing in financial markets will change simply because we have entered a new year. While it makes for interesting reading, the reality is markets cannot be segmented into predictable […]


Platform sales sink to two-year low

Economic uncertainty has weighed on platform sales, with gross sales in the third quarter dropping to their lowest level in two years, according to Fundscape. Fundscape’s latest platform report shows in Q3 gross sales fell to £21bn, the lowest level since Q3 2014. Net sales plummeted to £8.6bn, the lowest volume of sales since RDR, […]


Women’s pensions unlikely to catch men’s, report finds

Men will continue to have larger pension pots than women, despite retirement inequalities reducing over the last six years, according to a report from the Pensions Policy Institute. The report says that since 2010, women aged over 50 have experienced greater increases to their retirement incomes than men. Women in particular have benefited from the […]


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