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 have called the government’s plans to change the pension credit system a “backward step” and a “disgrace”. In January the government announced it will limit access to pension credits for couples from May this year. It has decided that pension credits will, from now on, only be available to couples where both partners […]
Cutting back on costs can lead to a challenging environment for risk assets TINA, meaning “there is no alternative” to owning risk assets like credit and equities, has defined much of the current bull market. TINA wasn’t an accident, central banks purposefully sought to reduce the return available on safe assets to force investors into […]
From emotion recognition systems to AI compliance functions, the T3 conference points the way forward Adviser technology that appears in the US is often a sign of things to come here and gives a chance to learn from early adopters. One of the most valuable conferences I visit around the world is Technology Tools for […]