International stock markets have shrugged off news of North Korea’s successful nuclear test despite local markets falling on hearing the news.All Asian markets fell with the exception of Japan and Taiwan which were closed for public holidays, with the Korean market suffering the biggest falls.It fell by 2.4 per cent having been down 3.6 per […]
Socially responsible investments represent a compelling opportunity and a major growth area, say advisers. At the Money Marketing round table, Worldwide Financial Planning IFA Nick McBreen predicted there will be a surge in demand for green investments from the educated, wealth generators of the future. He said: “Green investments are the perfect vehicle for people […]
Norwich Union is the latest fund manager to move into the European commercial prop-erty fund sector. The Luxemburg-domic- iled fund is expected to be launched this quarter, subject to regulatory approval. Although a lead manager for the fund has not yet been named, it is understood that the portfolio will be run along similar lines […]
The Association of Member-Directed Pension Schemes has apologised to the FSA for attacking its “new requirement” for IFAs to carry out research into a client’s religious background when advising on alternatively secured pensions. In a speech last week, Amps chairman John Bradley said he feared it was a back-door attempt by Government to enforce a […]
Jelf Employee Benefits highlights new legislation, key requirements and policy considerations when structuring international private medical insurance (IPMI) for expatriate employees in Qatar. This edition will be of particular interest to global human resource directors, compensation and benefits specialists and mobility managers who have employee populations in Qatar.
The Liberal Democrats are calling for the government to introduce a cooling off period for people who take more than the minimum lump sum from their pension pot without taking financial advice. Currently, withdrawals over the 25 per cent minimum are taxed at an emergency tax rate, which can lead to pensioners paying too much […]
Regulator unveils proposed directory of senior financial services professionals, publishes fees for 2018/19 and approves new tech-based mortgage firms. The Financial Conduct Authority published a raft of reports, consultations and policy initiatives over the past month and many will have a direct impact on the mortgage sector. Recently, the FCA has put forward plans to […]