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My three big calls: Henderson’s James de Bunsen

Private equity Many investors still ignore private equity having been burnt during the financial crisis. In the listed space, even the highest quality funds saw their discounts to net asset value explode, often to as much as 80 per cent, on concerns over leverage and unfunded commitments. However, much like public equity markets, the NAVs […]

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Retirement Strategy Leader: We need a cure for scammer disease

Nobody wants another misselling scandal. So clearly, it is paramount that pension freedoms work alongside adequate consumer protection. The Government and the FCA have arguably done their best to put this in place in the tight timescale they had. We have the requirement that people wanting to transfer from defined benefit to defined contribution schemes […]

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Asset Allocation: F&C’s Potter puts focus on talented managers

For F&C Investments’ multi-manager Gary Potter betting on talented fund managers rather than focusing on pure asset allocation is how he tries to differentiate his strategy. The £1.1bn F&C MM Navigator Distribution fund, which he manages with Robert Burdett, is “heavily influenced” by the diversification between the various underlying funds that he allocates to, as […]

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Pension savers shun annuities for drawdown and UFPLS

Drawdown and lump sums are being favoured by pension savers a month after the introduction of the radical new freedoms, figures from Hargreaves Lansdown show. Less than one in ten (8.4 per cent) of Hargreaves’ customers have bought an annuity since 6 April, compared to 75 per cent who entered drawdown and 16.6 per cent […]

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Pensions: trouble ahead?

The pace of change in the pension’s space has been little short of astonishing, and has left thousands of employers struggling to keep their pension policy compliant, and also on the right side of current best practice and governance. Many employers, and indeed many in the pensions industry itself, would like to see a period of no change during the next term of government. This would give all sides a chance to catch up and draw breath. 

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