Month: September 2014

September Market Commentary

The phrase ‘the world looked a dangerous place’ has been used many times to describe the status of the markets. Never has that seemed more true than in August. In Northern Iran/Iraq the Islamic State continues to gather momentum and the world expressed outrage at the murder of US journalist, James Foley. Towards the end […]

Britons prioritise bricks and mortar over white wedding

Britons are turning their backs on the big white wedding in favour of getting onto the property ladder, according to research by HSBC. Over a quarter (28%) of those aged between 18 and 34 would spend a £20,000 gift from their parents on a deposit for a house. Three out of five young Brits (60%) […]

New regulation for the consumer credit market

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has recently formally taken responsibility for regulating the £200 billion UK consumer credit market. 50,000 businesses who offer some form of credit to the UK consumer will now be subject to the FCA’s consumer protection rules and Principles for Business. According to the FCA, this means every person that uses […]

Over-55s failing to include family when it comes to planning for retirement

Millions of over-55s are failing to include their family in important decisions about their retirement income with potentially devastating consequences. The Spring 2014 edition of Aviva’s Real Retirement Report explores the views of those from three distinctive stages of retirement – pre-retiree (aged 55-64 years), retiring (aged 65-74 years) and long-term retired (aged over-75 years). […]