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  • More realistic approach crucial for retirees

    17 September 2018

    New research from VitalityInvest has found that many Brits are looking forward to their retirement years, with nearly half (47%) planning to go travelling.  Spending time with family and friends (35%) and taking time to finally relax and chill out (34%) also ranked highly among respondents. Despite this, as many as 44% of UK...

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  • Global financial system still vulnerable

    17 September 2018

    Ten years on from the collapse of the Lehman Brothers, Jens Hagendorff, professor of finance at the University of Edinburgh Business School,  warns that the global financial system remains vulnerable.  Hagendorff cites increasing bond spreads in Italy, jitters in emerging markets and the low market valuations of European banks as evidence of investors continuing...

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  • Appetite for good causes investment growing

    16 September 2018

    There is growing appetite among UK investors for investments that support good causes and add value to communities.  According to a survey of 1,627 adults by Oaksmore ISA, the most popular responses were projects with green credentials (19%) such as green energy and projects which benefit the community, with respondents particularly favouring schemes in...

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  • Continued passive strategy could pose risks to investors and the economy

    16 September 2018

    Investors require a mix of active and passive investing and the recent trend towards passive investments could pose risks to individual investors and the economy, warns a new policy paper from Royal London. The group said trillions of dollars have flowed out of active investments and into passive funds since the financial crisis of...

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  • Drawdown under spotlight in retirement income data

    13 September 2018

    Jessica List, pension technical manager, Curtis Banks Group looks at the latest FCA retirement income data The FCA’s latest retirement income data bulletin provides data from the second half of 2017/18; from 1 October 2017 to 31 March 2018. Broadly speaking, the data shows that consumer behaviour has not changed significantly compared to the same...

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  • High earners warned to tackle tax plans before the Budget

    13 September 2018

    Britain’s highest earners should ensure their tax relief plans are in order ahead of a potential government raid on pension pots, deVere Group has warned. The warning follows reports that Chancellor Philip Hammond has identified some £38bn in pension tax relief as a possible target for the Treasury’s November Budget. Nigel Green, founder and...

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  • Expect global growth to slow for rest of year

    12 September 2018

    Anna Stupnytska, global economist, Fidelity International, outlines why she believes global growth for the rest of 2018 should continue slowing, with growth in the US, which has been the engine of the global economy, losing momentum into year-end. With China’s direction of travel also downward, Anna believes these factors could be the triggers that...

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  • Cathi Harrison launches ‘Going it Alone’ service

    11 September 2018

    Apricity, the compliance service founded by Cathi Harrison, has launched a new service providing hands-on support for those looking to start their own advisory business or move to a directly authorised status. The service ‘Going it Alone’, offers a range of advice, support, guidance, tools and practical help, such as with applying for authorisation, building...

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