This week the Chancellor delivered a blow to higher rate tax payers following his decision to cut pension tax relief allowance from £50,000 to £40,000, and lifetime pension allowance to be cut from £1.5m to £1.25.
Alistair Cunningham shared his thoughts in his guest blog for unbiased.co.uk; highlighting this budget will increase the need for pension advice. Have you been contacted by your clients? How do you think they will be affected? Do you agree the Autumn Statement is a good thing for advisers? It would be great to hear your views - share your thoughts here.
Unbiased.co.uk met some of you at the 'Meeting of Minds' conference in London on Wednesday. There were some interesting sessions running where advisers debated how to 'future proof' their businesses and discussed if 'online' was a threat to their businesses. The consensus was that it all came down to understanding who your target clients are and what your propositions are for those segments, so you can serve them in a profitable way. Linda Woodhall from the FSA talked us through plans to establish the FCA - there was a clear focus on good client outcomes and ensuring advisers have sufficiently evidenced the steps they took to make this happen.
Legal & General have produced their first ever Deadline to the Breadline Report, which shows that people in Great Britain have on average, just 19 days to survive financially, if all they had to rely on was their savings without some financial protection.
The report also looks at how this affects each region in the country (excluding Northern Ireland) and just what people are actually earning, saving and spending their money on, with some surprising findings:
The unbiased.co.uk team