The Global Month Ahead – An insight into September 2014

Guest Blog Seven Investment Management 150pxIn our regular feature Seven Investment Management (7IM) look forward and assess what the month ahead might hold for the world's largest economies. Whether you are invested in the UK or overseas, in stocks and shares or fixed interest assets, read on to discover the latest insights from one of the UK's most respected investment managers. We'd love to hear your thoughts, why not leave your comments at the end of the article?     United Kingdom Issue...

The dirty dozen: 12 early warning signs an investment is a scam

HiRes 150pxHardly a week goes by without the financial press reporting another huge fine for a bank, an investment that has failed, or a ruling by the Financial Ombudsman Service in favour of an investor. So how do you spot a scam? What are the tell-tale signs? How can you avoid losing your life savings? Here are the dirty dozen, 12 early warning signs to look out for: #1: Cold callers and unsolicited texts Receiving an unsolicited call or text message, which offers you an investment opportunity or a “free pension review” (more ...

SIPPs: Is the door slowly closing on deposit accounts in SIPPs?

SIPPs: Is the door slowly closing on deposit accounts in SIPPs?It often takes time for the unintended consequences of new rules to be fully understood. This is certainly true of the latest Policy Statement from the Financial Conduct Authority entitled “A new capital framework for Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) Operators”, also known as PS14/12 for short. If you work in the SIPP industry you will already be very familiar with this document. If you are a SIPP investor we’d happily place a bet that you probably haven’t heard of PS14/12, definitely not ...

SIPPs: Provider freezes SIPP fees for a year

SIPPs: Provider freezes SIPP fees for a yearAmid speculation that Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) fees will have to rise following the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) latest review of the industry, one provider has announced that their fees won’t change for the next 12 months. Xafinity has announced they will be freezing their SIPP fees on both their Full SIPP and SimplySIPP products until September 2015. SIPP fee rises Need advice ...