In 2014, five companies accounted for 45% of the £97.4bn that was paid out in dividends to UK investors, according to the latest issue of the Capita UK Dividend Monitor.
A radical reform of the UK pension system gets under way this month allowing savers in defined contribution schemes much greater freedoms on how they can drawdown and utilise their money.
A growing trend by financial advisers to use European Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) to build specialised portfolios is helping boost demand for the product which marks its 15th anniversary later this month.
With many a UK investors eye trained toward the upcoming election and the prospect of a high level of volatility leading up to and following the vote, resilience is a word that keeps cropping up.
Although 2015 has been touted as the year of the stock picker, it would seem from the performance rankings, that much of the success in the first quarter has been heavily influenced by geography and large macro swings.
Tuesdays announcement by the Office of National Statistics that UK inflation fell to zero in February underlined, not only that rates are unlikely to move higher anytime soon, but also just how quickly consensus can change.
Two former directors of failed financial advisory firm TailorMade Independent (TMI), which advised clients on self-invested personal pension (SIPP) transfers into troubled overseas property company Harlequin, have been banned by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
With the FTSE 100 and S&P 500 having breached record highs this year holders of tracker funds have the right to feel ever so slightly nervous, still interest in passives is booming.
As Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne limbers up to deliver the 2015 Budget, wealth managers and financial advisers have reason to be gleeful and cause to worry.
With savvy Brits seeing euro weakness as the perfect excuse to book their next city break, wealth managers are faced with a dilemma do they hedge, and if so how do they do it?
Wealth managers can no longer afford to treat technology solely as a back office function if they hope to continue to grow over the long term.
A group of 150 financial companies are pushing for a savings minister, an overhaul of pension tax relief, and the development of a digital passport to tackle an emerging savings crisis.
A former independent financial adviser has been sent to prison for 10 years after running a £3.5m Ponzi scheme which fuelled his lavish lifestyle.
According to a survey by the Bank of England, inflation expectations for the next 12 months among the general public fell to the lowest since November 2001.
As central bankers in the West continue tripping over themselves in the rush to make dovish noises on holding rates lower for longer and showing patience as Fed chair Janet Yellen likes to say, even highly cautious investors may be reaching a tipping point.
An inflection point is taking place across equity markets inviting investors towards more cyclical names.
The move to outcome-based investing will help align the investment language of an investor ("I want income") with that of the adviser ("Here is some income") and the fund manager (Currently: "Do you not want equities?").
Six months is a long time in investing now, apparently. It is certainly a long time in central banking.
Hargreaves Lansdown announced on Wednesday it plans to recruit 40 new developers, project managers and testers to its IT staff as part of an 'ambitious' growth plan for its Vantage platform.
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