Investment Sense news: Our MD puts her best foot forward

Investment Sense NewsWe are delighted to be supporting our Managing Director, Bev Stoves, as she trains to run the Nottingham Ikano Robin Hood Half Marathon on 28 September 2014. We caught up with Bev to find out a bit more. Before you started training for the Nottingham Half, when did you last run for more than a couple of miles? About 30 years ago when I was at school but I would do anything to get out of Cross Country running through mud! What has made you get off the settee and ...

Automatic Enrolment: Avoid the mistakes made by thousands of uncompliant firms

Auto EnrolmentNew research has shown that thousands of firms might have missed their Automatic Enrolment deadline, potentially leading to large fines and employees missing out on valuable pension contributions. Figures from the Pensions Regulator show that so far 15,099 firms have complied with the Automatic Enrolment legislation. However, research from Hargreaves Lansdown shows that 22,940 firms should have reached their Staging Date by 1st May, leading to concerns that thousands of  businesses have failed to comply and thousands of workers are missing out. There could be a number of reasons for the ...

Guest blog: Time to take the politics out of pensions

Guest BlogIn her first guest blog Rachel Vahey, Independent Pensions Consultant looks at how pensions have become a political football and injury time is fast approaching One of the major changes introduced by the current Government is a fixed term parliament lasting five years. As we near the end of the first fixed term, and a general election looms next year, politicians are sensing that time is running out. And many, I suspect, will want to make their mark before time is called on this Government. Steve Webb, the Pensions Minister, could ...

Pensions: Are you missing out on your share of £225 million?

Piggy bankNew research has found that millions of pounds are going unclaimed, as higher rate taxpayers fail to pay into a pension or claim the right amount of tax-relief due to them. Research from the Prudential found: Higher rate taxpayers are missing out on £225 million in tax-relief by not paying into a pension Astonishingly, 10% of higher rate taxpayers make no pension contributions at all For those higher rate taxpayers who do pay into a pension the average annual contribution is £6,276, way below the maximum allowable amount of £40,000 per year 15% ...