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  • Bank of England’s Term Funding Scheme may be key to success of monetary stimulus

    5 August 2016

    The Bank of England’s Term Funding Scheme may be the key to whether the latest round of monetary stimulus works, rather than the headline grabbing decrease in interest rates and increase in QE, argues Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell. The risk from the Bank of England’s view is that the banks do not...

  • Bank of England goes a step further than expected

    4 August 2016

    Today’s decision by the Bank of England to both cut interest rates and kick-start another round of QE has resulted in commentator reaction from all areas of the market. Here we publish comment covering 5 key areas.  Impact on UK economy Schroder’s senior economist, Azad Zangana: A sharp drop in economic activity as reported by...

  • Price of First Time Buyer properties outstripping average

    28 July 2016

    Clients looking to help their children or grandchildren get their foot on the first rung of the property ladder are likely to have found it increasing more expensive to do, according to data gathered by eMoov.co.uk. The research from the hybrid estate agent shows that first-time buyers are now paying out, on average, just over £196,000...

  • Positive compliance in mortgage advice

    3 July 2016

    Steve Bailey, director of compliance firm ATEB Consulting, offers some takeaways from the recent FCA workshop on mortgage advice. As part of the Live and Local programme, the FCA has been running a series of Positive Compliance workshops to guide adviser firms on how best to deal with the mortgage advice process. Although much...

  • Technical Insight seminars return – Register now

    26 February 2016

    They’re back! Professional Paraplanner is delighted to announce that our Technical Insight seminars return this summer, following a resounding thumbs up from paraplanners to last year’s event. The seminars will give paraplanners the opportunity to hear from expert presenters, who will tackle a range of topics relevant to paraplanners’ day-to-day roles. The first event...

  • The positive impact financial advice can have on divorce cases

    5 January 2016

    Kay Ingram of LEBC Group reflects on the recent Ministry of Justice software error and why financial advice is crucial in divorce cases. The problem recently highlighted with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) electronic form E, which may have inflated people’s true worth and so resulted in unfair financial settlements needing to be reviewed,...

  • Economic overview following the Autumn Statement

    26 November 2015

    Schroders’ senior European Economist, Azad Zangana, comments on the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review Still bruised from his recent defeat on tax credits reforms, Chancellor George Osborne, delivered a lively and defiant Autumn Statement, focusing on departmental spending budgets, with a strong theme of safeguarding security spending in light of recent events,...

  • Autumn Statement: What the experts say

    25 November 2015

    Comment on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement from selected names in the market. The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement paled in comparison to the bombshells dropped on the financial services market in the past two Budgets but there were a number of changes that could affect clients of financial planning firms. Increase in Stamp Duty The Chancellor took two actions to...