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NEYBER CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO CUT EXCESSIVE CREDIT COSTS FOR UK EMPLOYEES

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NEYBER CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO CUT EXCESSIVE CREDIT COSTS FOR UK EMPLOYEES
  • Writes to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to demand workplace access to fair financial products and free financial education
  • Evidences credit crisis affecting working people who are “just about managing”
  • Offers an employee benefit that will reduce the credit burden on UK employees

 Neyber, the market leading provider of financial employee benefits, has called on the Government to give UK employees the statutory right to access fair financial services and free financial education in their workplace. This follows Neyber giving evidence to the House of Lords Financial Exclusion Select Committee, where the company set out its employee benefit reform agenda.

 In a letter to the Rt Hon Damian Green MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Neyber’s Chief Strategy Officer, Monica Kalia said:

 “I am writing to you in my capacity as Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Neyber, a provider of affordable loans for key workers, to demand that UK employees have a statutory right to access low cost loans repaid by salary deduction and free financial education in their workplace. This is because there is indisputable evidence of a financial crisis affecting people throughout the UK’s employment market; with millions of hard working people just able to manage, not least as a result of their paying punitive interest rates.

 “Our own independent research of 10,000 employees1 evidences the consequences of this, with: 

  • 70% of the UK workforce admitting to wasting a fifth of their time at work worrying about finances, costing the economy an estimated £120.7bn per annum
  • At least 17.5m working hours being lost per year as a result of workers taking time off work due to financial stress
  • 55% of employees saying that being under financial pressure affected their behaviour and ability to perform their job in the workplace – rising to 62% for those under 34
  • 51% saying that financial pressures affected their relationships with their colleagues
  • 31% losing sleep over money concerns, with 39% suffering from anxiety

 “The report also evidences how those “just about managing” lack sufficient buffer savings to meet emergency expenditure needs; with over 30% of employees having less than a month’s salary held in reserve for these purposes. Those unable to meet short term expenditure needs are likely to resort to pay day lenders, further compounding their indebtedness and financial exclusion.

 “We believe this problem could be mitigated through employees having the right to access low cost loans repaid by salary deduction and free financial education in their workplace, in the same way employees are auto-enrolled into their company pension schemes; as proposed by Neyber to the House of Lords Financial Exclusion Select Committee.

 “These services would ideally comprise a range of loan and savings products tailored to the needs of individual employees; all of which would be focused on the management of debt and the development of a renewed savings culture within the UK’s 30 million strong workforce. They would also help employees to surpass the unjustifiably high interest rates charged by high street banks and pay day lenders, who can diminish financial wellbeing through their higher costs of credit.

 “We urge the Government to consider addressing this issue as a priority, especially as our research has shown that demands exist in the workforce, with over half (53%) of employees seeking access to affordable loans and savings in their workplace.

 “The introduction of the right to low cost loans repaid by salary deduction for employees would also support the Prime Minister’s commitment to help those “just about managing”, through advantaging those who choose to work instead of relying on welfare benefits. Given these factors I would be keen to meet with you and your officials to discuss how this new “right to fairer finance in the workplace” could be designed and delivered, and to understand if the Government has commissioned any of its own research into this area.

 “In the same way that auto-enrolment was brought in as part of the Pensions Act 2008, we believe that similar legislation could be brought forward to ensure that workers have a right to access fairer finance in their workplace. As the leading provider of low cost loans repaid by salary deduction to thousands of public and private sector employees, with over £40M million lent to date, Neyber is well placed to help in this context.

 “I look forward to your response and to working with you on delivering a much needed extension of rights in the workplace.”

 Neyber was founded by former Goldman Sachs investment bankers Martin ljaha and Monica Kalia along with financial technology expert Ezechi Britton. The founders joined together to deliver a genuine alternative to the solutions offered by financial service providers whose high borrowing rates and low returns on savings have helped to create an unprecedented era of financial stress.

 To find out more about Neyber, please visit the website: www.neyber.co.uk

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Are clients truly getting value from their BR solution?

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By Matt Dickens, Senior Business Development Director at Ingenious

Financial planners and wealth managers strive to deliver on the needs of their clients by always providing the most suitable and effective advice. But as with any service, this advice should also be delivered at the best possible value for the investor. Value can be simplistically defined as the service that delivers the most benefit, balanced against the financial cost, but in the estate planning space, how do you assess what good value is?

1. Total fees and charges

Product fees are guaranteed to negatively impact returns, so it is important to minimise their impact when looking to gain the best value from the investment. Some managers report little or no fees paid by the investor to the manager, but instead charge the company or investment service itself. While this might initially be seen as better value for the investor, it is not as simple as that. Investors in unlisted BR services become a shareholder of the portfolio companies, so the reality is that any fees paid by the companies are effectively being paid by the shareholder (or investor). Therefore, both investor fees and company fees will both negatively impact the final return and must be considered together.

Analysis of what a manager is paid by the investor and by the company over a significant period will enable an adviser to conclude if the manager is offering good value, or if a disproportionate amount of fees is going to the manager at the expense of their investors.

2. Real investment returns

Another key component of assessing value is what the investment actually delivers. For BR solutions, investors’ main objective is commonly to pass on the maximum sum possible to their beneficiaries upon death. This may lead to a conclusion that delivering Inheritance Tax relief at the lowest possible cost is the primary driver of value. However, especially for clients with longer time horizons, the one-dimensional goal of avoiding a potential 40% Inheritance Tax bill can easily over-shadow the equally important goal of aiming to steadily grow the investment, preventing erosion by inflation, drawdowns and investment fees. Unlike some IHT-focused solutions, such as trusts or gifting, investors in BR services do not have to accept zero growth of their wealth from the point of investment.  Instead, investors can continue to earn returns, either taking an income stream or increasing the final sum to be passed onto their beneficiaries, precisely in line with their original objective.

While most BR managers predict their ongoing returns at a certain level, those targets are not guaranteed and historic performance varies widely.

3. The relationship between fees and risk

Given that the majority of managers in the BR space state their performance targets net of fees, to produce positive growth and achieve their target return, those managers must first earn back any fees they are taking. Let’s take the below scenario to illustrate this point.

 Are clients truly getting value from their BR solution? 2Manager 1

Annual performance target, net of fees: 3%

Annual fees: 3%

Gross performance target: 6%

 

Are clients truly getting value from their BR solution? 3Manager 2

Annual performance target, net of fees: 4%

Annual fees: 1%

Gross performance target: 5%

Initially, it might appear that Manager 2 must be taking more risk to target a higher net return of 4% than Manager 1, who is targeting 3%. However, Manager 1 has to deliver an additional 2% of gross return than Manager 2, to make up for charging higher fees. Higher fees not only impact returns and value, but they can also mean greater risk.

Market comparison

In the Tax Efficient Review’s most recent analysis of Unlisted BR Services1, they released data that ranks services in the market in terms of both investor returns and total fees. IEP Private Real Estate achieved the top rank for returns delivered, with the second lowest total fees in the market, demonstrating that it represents attractive value for investors in comparison to other services.

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Reuters Events Launch Global Investment Summit Online Edition Uniting Institutional Investors, Asset Owners & Financial Institutions

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Reuters Events – today announced the agenda for their Global Investment Summit (Dec 3rd -4th). The 2-day strategic summit has been reimagined in the era of social distancing and will be broadcast free of charge to the public.

This Summit, with a diverse range of international voices and anchored by Reuters News-led sessions, is the only place for institutional investors, asset owners and financial institutions to come to terms with the events of 2020.

Click for more information and for complimentary registration to the online edition

The Energy Transition team report an industry leading speaker faculty for 2020, including:

  • Eileen Murray, Chair, Finra
  • Philip Lane, Chief Economist, European Central Bank
  • Gregory Davis, Chief Investment Officer, Vanguard
  • Hanneke Smits, CEO, BNY Mellon Investment Management
  • Pascal Blanque, Chief Investment Officer, Amundi
  • Desiree Fixler, Group Chief Sustainability Officer, DWS
  • Joe Lubin, CEO, Consensys
  • Bahren Shaari, CEO, Bank of Singapore
  • Mark Machin, CEO, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

The agenda released by Reuters Events Investment is both ambitious and comprehensive, and will cover four key themes: Market Outlook, Asset Management Strategies, Industry Deep-Dives and the Future of Investment.

View the full agenda here

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Halliburton & Baker Hughes CEO’s join Reuters Events: Energy Transition 2020

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Reuters Events – today announced that CEO’s of two of the world’s leading energy service companies, Halliburton and Baker Hughes, will join the speaker faculties for their flagship Energy Transition Summit.

The event will explore the creation of the future energy ecosystem and offer companies, from across the asset spectrum, a definitive guide to their net-zero strategies. The alignment of the two biggest O&G global service companies, Halliburton and Baker Hughes, represents a significant step in the transition to low-carbon energy

More information on the Europe and North America editions can be found below. Registration for the LIVE stream is free.

Alongside their CEO speaker representation, Halliburton join as Platinum sponsors of the North American edition. Baker Hughes join as gold sponsors for the European edition of the flagship energy transition program.

The Energy Transition team report an industry leading speaker faculty for 2020, including:

  • Lorenzo Simonelli, Chairman & CEO, Baker Hughes
  • Jeff Miller, CEO & President, Jeff Miller
  • Tristan Grimbert, CEO, EDF Renewables
  • John Pettigrew, Chief Executive, National Grid
  • Pratima Rangarajan, CEO, OGCI Climate Investments
  • Alex Schneiter, CEO & President, Lundin Energy
  • Gretchen Watkins, President, Shell Oil Company
  • Calvin Butler Jr., CEO, Exelon Utilities
  • Francis Fannon, Assistant Secretary ERB, S. Department of State
  • David Lawler, Chairman & President, bp America
  • Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO, Uniper

More information on the Europe and North America editions can be found below. Registration for the LIVE stream is free.

Governance & Cooperation – Does the energy transition face a ‘governance deficit’? To understand how the energy transition will develop over the next decade, it is crucial to understand the driving governing forces behind it. Will the Green Deal provide the first domino, how can we ensure progress in the shadow of Aberdeen and ensure that we translate targets into action?

Financing Energy Transition – We must address the elephant in the room; who is going to pay for it all? An understanding of where the funds are likely to come from is key to staking claim to the infrastructural projects that will redefine the modern world in the 21st century.

New Energy Infrastructure – Low-carbon energy supply and consumption will need a radical overhaul of infrastructure. As well as revamping the old, we’ll need entirely new assets and new systems of energy delivery. It’s an unprecedented opportunity with estimated spending at $70 trillion over the next decade. Knowing which technologies are ready to be scaled first is the key to understanding opportunity

Business Model Innovation – Who will provide leadership through the age of transition and how do we want our future energy system to look? Speed and timing will be crucial if you are to stay on the right side of the transition. Join us in setting business led, evidence based, targets as industry drives towards net-zero

More information on the Europe and North America editions can be found below. Registration for the LIVE stream is free.

At Reuters Events, we’re committed to tackling the Energy Transition head on; to shed light on the defining issue of our time and help energy companies meet a uniquely difficult challenge. That is, to be both an energy company of today, and the energy companies of tomorrow. In a period that will be defined by uncertainty we can, together, lighten the way forward.” – Owen Rolt, Head of Energy Transition, Reuters Events

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Head of Energy Transition

Reuters Events

UK: +44 (0) 207 375 7596

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