Guest Blog: Fight the good fight

Dentons In his latest guest blog for us, Martin Tilley of Dentons takes a swipe at those people trying to scam and con you out of your hard earned pension pot. There are many reported instances of “cons” taken from the phrase confidence trickster dating back centuries, but the first chronicled use of the word “con man” appears in the trial of William Thompson, a New Yorker who persuaded his targets to lend him their watch for a day, before disappearing never to be seen again. There will always be those who try ...

SIPPs: Taylor Patterson cut fees for SIPP property transfers

SIPPs: Taylor Patterson cut fees for SIPP property transfersMany investors, often because of poor service, which is unfortunately becoming increasingly common, lack of flexibility or high are now considering moving to a new SIPP provider. Transferring your SIPP (Self-Invested Personal Pension) generally incurs costs; exit fees, initial charges, and so on; in most cases these are generally not prohibitive. But it’s a different story if you hold a commercial property. Contact ...

Budget 2014: All you need to know about the changes to your pension

All you need to knowGeorge Osborne stunned pension savers, financial advisers and Annuity providers alike, with his proposals in the Budget, that from April 2015 it would no longer be a requirement to provide an income from a pension and the whole fund could be taken as a lump sum. So what’s changed? How will you be affected? Is it good or bad news if you are close to retirement? We’ve got all the answers. Let’s start with the basics, ...

In the spotlight: Richard Dunn from Metro Bank

Metro BankWe recently caught up with Richard Dunn, Partnership Director at Metro Bank; the latest and very welcome addition to our best buy table for SIPP (Self-Invested Personal Pensions) and SSAS (Small-Self Administered Schemes) deposit accounts. Investment Sense: Richard, Metro Bank is relatively new to the UK, perhaps you could start by explaining a little more about the bank and its history.   Richard Dunn (right): Of course....