Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has recorded an increase in the number of individuals that have transferred their pensions to a Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) in the 2018-19 financial year. The released data shows that there has been a 6% increase in the volume of transfers out of registered UK pension schemes, a total value of £640 million.Read More
Two former employees of a New York-based investment advisory firm DeVere USA Inc, are accused by the US Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC), of providing pension transfer advice to hundreds of clients that may go against their best interest. In a conflict of interest which would see the employees receiving higher compensation from the pension transfer.Read More
After receiving the go-ahead, the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) is implementing amendments that change the way QROPS providers handle transfers and deal with financial advisers. The amendments bring in stringent new rules both for advisers and asset/investment restrictions. Following news of these regulatory changes, Australian and New Zealand pensioners with their pensions in Malta-based overseas schemes are being urged to check whether their pension pots are at risk and whether their financial advisers can still act and work on their behalf.Read More
The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) published a newsletter in January confirming amendments to the country’s Retirement Pensions Act. The amendments bring in stringent new rules both for advisers and asset/investment restrictions. Following news of these regulatory changes, pensioners with their pensions in Malta-based overseas schemes are being urged to check whether their pension pots are at risk.Read More
Iain McCombie is the investment manager of the Baillie Gifford Managed Fund that Ranfurly invests in. McCombie is an AA-rated manager, meaning that McCombie has beaten his bench-mark over a three-year period. This coveted rating is assigned to fewer than 25% of fund managers and provides a clear sign of their performance.Read More
The UK Parliament will hold a second day of indicative votes today where different Brexit options will be explored. This comes after the UK Parliament rejected the withdrawal agreement on March 29th, following two previous rejections of the entire deal. A power vacuum is being created in the government and if this instability continues in the following years, it could result in a change in government following the next general election in May 2022 or even sooner.Read More
FundCalibre, an independent fund research ratings agency, released their annual index which determines the top asset managers that have consistently outperformed over the past five years.
They announced that, Baillie Gifford placed third in their index, following Morgan Stanley and Man GLG. FundCalibre noted that Baillie Gifford and T. Rowe Price have been among the top ten companies in each of the five annual surveys and both firms have outperformed over "almost a decade" despite having larger product offerings, and "maintaining such a level of consistency… is extremely impressive".Read More
According to US News, New Zealand was ranked first place for the best country for a comfortable retirement in 2019. Chosen for its high quality of life, retirement and social support, climate, culture and natural beauty, New Zealand is already a popular destination for those looking to retire. With some planning and help from a reputable pension transfer services firm, make your retirement journey smooth and efficient.Read More
For many of those with their pensions tied up in UK schemes and looking to get out, the looming threat of a no-deal Brexit, may mean being even more proactive in planning your future in retirement.Read More
Two fund managers at Baillie Gifford have made the Financial Times Adviser’s list of top performing fund managers for 2019. Mark Urquhart and Torcail Stewart were named on the esteemed list as being some of the best performing managers dating back to the year 2000. These performances have been based on risk adjusted returns in during times of economic growths and down-turns.Read More
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has recently released findings on the quality of pension transfer advice given by specialist advisory firms. These findings show that less than half of the advice given to clients regarding their defined benefit pension scheme was deemed ‘suitable’, based on new rules set by the FCA regarding pension transfers.Read More
We at Ranfurly are pleased to announce that we are offering two brand new investment options for new and existing members. The Sterling Growth Fund and the New Zealand Dollar Balanced Fund are replacing the Sterling Dollar Fund and the Australian Dollar Cash Fund. These funds have been available to members to invest from the 28th December 2018.Read More
Baillie Gifford has joined other asset managers by voicing their concerns about quarterly reporting, calling for a more long-term focus on financial performance.
Financial News revealed the winners of their 17th annual Asset Management Awards Europe. The awards were to celebrate the successes and innovation in the institutional sector in 2018.
Bailie Gifford, for the second year in a row, took out the coveted Equity Manager of the Year award. Under its management, Baillie Gifford’s funds grew by 12% to £177.6bn during 2018.
For the second year in a row, Baillie Gifford has won the top prize at the FT Advisor’s Investment 100 Club, after being named the winner of the Large Investment Group category.
This is notable as Baillie Gifford is the Ranfurly Superannuation Schemes underlying investment manager.Read More
Around 4,700 qualifying recognised overseas pension scheme (QROPS) transfers were carried out during 2017/18. Of these, only 30 transfers were required to pay the 25% Overseas Transfer Charge (OTC) that was introduced in March of 2017. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs had predicted £65 million in tax revenue from the tax, however, only £1.4 million has been raised since the enactment of the charge.Read More
The Law Commission has recently proposed a programme of reforms that would allow Britain to remain competitive globally in the increasingly likely event that Britain will leave the European Union. One area of focus has been the integration of electronic signatures in the signing of documents.Read More
With the recent confirmation by a number of UK advisory firms that they will not be giving advice to clients looking to transfer out if their pension schemes, it is recommended that those considering transferring out of their UK defined pension scheme do so sooner rather than later.Read More