Earlier this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the FTSE 100 marked its worst quarter since 1987, losing around 25 per cent of its value. The biggest losers were travel and leisure stocks, dropping up to 45 per cent due to falling demand and tougher restrictions. Even though the FTSE 100 started to rise steadily as the UK economy reopened, fears of a ‘second wave’ plunged the index Read More….
According to the Office for National Statistics, the UK economy has recorded its third consecutive month of growth, rising 6.6 per cent in July. This follows growth of 8.7 per cent in June and 2.4 per cent in May. The FTSE 100, a popular gauge of prosperity for businesses regulated by UK company law, closed up 79.29 points at 6,105 on the 15th September. Pound sterling also continued to make Read More….
The FTSE-100 continues to move upwards despite the news that the UK economy suffered its worst ever fall in the second quarter. Thanks to a weaker dollar, signs of a slowing coronavirus spread as well as hopes for new stimulus propelling British equities higher, the index recently closed at a two-month high of 6280. The Footsie’s performance has been echoing similar strong gains across European indices, taking its cue from Read More….
The NISA Pension Surplus Risk index fell in July by 0.6 percentage points to 6.9%. The average plan funded status also went down from 84.4% in June to 84% in July. July’s drop in average funded status followed two consecutive months of improvement. But this was due to discount rate declines that outpaced equity returns. A closer look at how July compared to June Despite the fact that the volatility Read More….
With the UK entering its deepest recession since records began, keeping a close eye on your personal finances is more important than ever. According to the Office for National Statistics, Britain’s gross domestic product (GDP) fell in the second quarter by 20.4% compared with the previous three months – the biggest quarterly decline since comparable records began in 1955. Household finances are also falling sharply, forcing many people to take Read More….
Businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic could encourage staff to quit their company pension scheme, the ombudsman Antony Arter has warned. Currently, it is illegal for businesses to ask or induce employees to opt out of their workplace retirement plan after they’ve been enrolled. But if a member of staff does opt out, the employer does not have to make contributions of at least three per cent of their pensionable Read More….
According to the Bank of England (BoE) governor Andrew Bailey, recent plans for “pension superfunds” could pose a threat to financial stability. Bailey has written to the work and pensions secretary, Therese Coffey, to criticise elements of an interim framework for pension superfunds, which was recently announced by The Pensions Regulator (TPR). This was widely heralded by the pensions industry as a way to protect scheme members in the long-term Read More….
It’s only natural to feel anxious or concerned about your pension pot. After all, everyone wants to enjoy their retirement to the fullest, which means having ample funds to live on. However, the coronavirus pandemic has forced most people to put their personal finances into sharp focus, particularly those approaching retirement. As a result, ‘pension panic’ is sweeping the UK, with many making rash decisions about their financial nest eggs. Read More….
According to a survey of 2,000 adults by Finder, over a third of Brits are eating into their savings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the coronavirus lockdown began on 23rd March, 36% of UK adults have supported themselves with savings. On average, these people have used £1,420 of savings over the first seven weeks, which is equivalent to a fifth (21%) of the UK’s average savings pot. But perhaps more Read More….
Due to the exceptional circumstances that many industries and organisations are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, HMRC has updated its guidance on repayments of corporation tax. Claims for repayments of corporation tax for prior periods based on anticipated losses before the current accounting period has concluded will now be considered. Having previously raised the issue with HMRC, the Tax Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Read More….