Women facing pension contributions gender gap as well as pay gap

22 February 2017

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There is a ‘gap’ between the amount that men and women receive in employer pensions contributions, which if left unaddressed could result in a shortfall of £47,000 by the end of a woman’s working life, according to the inaugural Zurich Workplace Savings Barometer. Last year, on average, men under the age of 35 received £217 […]

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Expert Opinion: Looking for consistently good fund management firms

21 February 2017 by Darius McDermott

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Most of us have a favourite restaurant. You know, a place we like to go where the food is always good, the staff are friendly and we’re happy to recommend it to our friends. The key is consistency. If we went some nights and waited an hour only to get cold food – well, that […]

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House prices in Hackney have increased 700% in decades Lloyds research shows

19 February 2017

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The North East London Borough of Hackney has seen the steepest growth in house prices in the capital over the past 20 years, according to new research by Lloyds Bank. The average house price in Hackney has increased £530,700 (702%), from £75,569 in 1996 to £606,269 in 2016. This compares to the average increase of […]

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Expert Opinion: Government can reach the ‘Just about Managing’ by giving more help to working parents

17 February 2017 by Steve Herbert

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You don’t need me to tell you that Chancellor Philip Hammond faces another delicate balancing act come the Spring Budget in March.  With the UK’s future still far from clear, the Chancellor must show leadership with his decisions to ensure that – in his own words – the economy is “match-fit” for whatever uncertainties lie […]

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‘Interesting times’ may not be a curse when it comes to investing in Asia

15 February 2017

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HyungJin Lee, Head of Asian Equities, Barings, Hong Kong takes a look at the investment prospects for Asia in 2017. Many will wonder whether fresh forces will emerge this year to reshape markets and sweep away the new normal of yesteryear. With politics upended in the developed world and US interest rates on an upward […]

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Pensioner incomes now £20 a week higher on average than those of working age households

13 February 2017

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Pensioner incomes are now around £20 a week better off than those in typical working age households, a report by the Resolution Foundation into inter-generational fairness suggests. A new analysis says that strong recent growth in typical pensioner incomes has been driven by new cohorts of pensioners who are more likely than their predecessors to […]

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MPs call for large private firms with big DB pensions to be scrutinised like listed companies

12 February 2017

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A committee of MPs has called for companies with an important social impact to face new governance and reporting requirements in a bid to avoid a repeat of the BHS fiasco. The work and pensions select committee wants the requirements currently faced by publicly listed firms to be extended to large private firms and those […]

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Buy, sell or ignore? – research reveals equity analysts’ woeful record on FTSE 350 stocks in 2016

10 February 2017

News

The usefulness of equity analysts’ buy, hold and sell signals have been cast into doubt by research from platform A.J Bell. The ten least popular stocks in the FTSE 350 – those with the greatest number of ‘sell’ ratings from analysts – beat the most popular ones and the index hands down in 2016. The […]

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NS&I reduces rates on its variable savings products

7 February 2017

Bonds

NS&I is reducing interest rates on four of its variable rate products. It says this follows reductions in interest rates across the savings market after the Bank of England’s reduction of the base rate by 25 basis points, to 0.25% in August 2016. Variable rate changes will apply to premium bonds, Direct ISA, Direct Saver […]

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Self employment leads to increased financial stress on families

3 February 2017

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The financial stresses and pressures of self-employment are taking their toll on family life, according to the latest report from Scottish Widows’ think tank, the Centre for the Modern Family. The financial stresses and pressures of self-employment are taking their toll on family life, according to the latest report from Scottish Widows’ think tank, the […]

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