New ISA Limit From 1st July 2014 the overall NISA limit for 2014-15 will be £15,000, an increase of £3,480 from the previous tax year. The NISA will also offer you the option to save your whole NISA allowance of £15,000 in cash, stocks and shares, or any combination of the two.... Read full article
As many as 10 million pension savers will increase their contributions to take advantage of greater at-retirement flexibility announced in the Budget, according to research. Some 44% of people aged between 18 - 34 agree they would put more into their workplace or personal pension in wake of the Chancellor's announcement in March. Across all age groups, almost 25% of the adults... Read full article
Care Bill Becomes Law
The Care Bill, which sought to usher in significant reforms to social care and support in the UK, has passed into law after becoming an Act of Parliament. The Care Act, which received Royal Assent on 14 May, has created a single law designed to make it clear what kind of care people can expect. The legislation introduces a national... Read full article
Misselling of Investment Advice by HSBC
HSBC’s final year results for 2013 reveal its bill for investment advice mis-selling in the UK, uncovered as part of a regulatory mystery shopping exercise that targeted a total of six banks, is set to reach £96m.The results, published reveal HSBC Bank plc, the holding company for HSBC’s European operations, has set aside £96m to cover estimates for compensation related... Read full article
You may have read in the news over the past few days that a number of financial adviser firms and their clients have become unknowing victims of identity fraud.Prudential has been made aware that organised crime gangs have targeted a number of adviser firms and their clients, using a new method of operating since at least June last year.Instead of... Read full article
New State Pension Ages
Rise to 67 now scheduled for 2026-28Chancellor George Osborne said the state pension age will start rising to 67 for both men and women in 2026. Gradually, all Britons will be forced to wait an extra year with everyone qualifying at age 67 by April 2028. It will affect millions of people in their late forties and early fifties ... Read full article
On line Comparison Sites
Comparison sites are facing an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to ensure consumers are not "being misled". The watchdog announced the thematic review, which will focus on 14 websites covering 90% of the market.On Sunday, the FCA said while comparison sites had made it easier for consumers it would investigate potential risks, including that consumers may not fully... Read full article
Changes to Autumn Statement
The Chancellor, George Osborne, has changed the date on which he will deliver his Autumn Statement to Parliament to 5 December. He had previously planned to hold it one day earlier.The statement will provide an update on the government's plans for the economy based on the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility.These forecasts will now also be published... Read full article
The chairman of UK Financial Investments, the body responsible for the government's stake in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Lloyds Banking Group, has warned that RBS could face further fines from regulators over sales linked to the US sub-prime mortgage crisis. Robin Budenberg, who joined UKFI in 2010 from UBS, told the Treasury Select Committtee (TSC) on Tuesday that... Read full article
Beware liberating of your Pension!
Despite tentative signs of economic recovery, times remain hard for many people. The cost of living continues to rise faster than wages and unemployment remains high. For those struggling tofinance their day-to-day living, the idea of ‘pension liberation”’ might sound attractive – but there are serious long-term risks.Pension liberation involves the transfer of an individual’s pension savings to a scheme... Read full article
For the 2013/14 tax year, investors are able to save up to £11,520 in an Isa, which represents a rise of 2.1% over the previous year. The maximum Isas contribution may be invested entirely in a stocks and shares Isa or up to half the amount – £5,760 – can be saved in a cash-only Isa. Investors who choose to put less than... Read full article
Statement of Professional Standing Obtained by Elaine
With the implementation of the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) now only 9 months away, we are pleased to announce that Elaine has obtained their Statement of Professional Standing (SPS) from the Chartered Insurance Institute. This, along with the new minimum level of qualifications (QCF Level 4), will be mandatory for all practising advisers from 1st January 2013. By obtaining our... Read full article
Global Market Volatility (again!)
The world stock markets are once again very volatile with the FTSE 100 closing today at just above 5,000, the lowest it has been since July 2010. There are a number of reasons for the current state of affairs, including economic data coming from the US, political infighting in the US around how to manage their national debt and concerns... Read full article
Changes to Long Term Care on the horizon?
The Dilnot Report on the future of Long Term Care (published yesterday) proposed a number of interesting changes to the current system, including a cap of £35,000 on an individual’s lifetime contribution towards care fees and the raising of the means-tested threshold to £100,000. This currently stands at only £23,250, meaning that the vast majority of a person’s assets and... Read full article
Well, not a lot of exciting news from the Chancellor yesterday, but some of the more salient points were: Fuel duty to be cut by 1p per litre from 6pmyesterday (23rd March) Fuel duty inflation rise delayed until 1st January 2012 (Planned April 2012 rise delayed until 1st August 2012) Fuel duty escalator cancelled Council tax frozen by every Council in England Personal... Read full article
- NISA 2014/15
- Retirement Flexibility
- Care Bill Becomes Law
- Misselling of Investment Advice by HSBC
- New State Pension Ages
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