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Cover story: And they’re off

Almost three weeks on from pension freedoms finally “going live” we have just about enough information to see that the stampede to strip pots of cash originally feared has not transpired. Certainly the Government’s Pension Wise service has not been put under the strain first expected. A total of 1,800 appointments were booked by the time […]

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PI brokers raise concerns over new insurer Elite

Professional indemnity insurance brokers have raised concerns about the financial strength of new PI insurer, Elite Hoyl Underwriting Management, which offers cover underwritten by Elite Insurance, entered the financial adviser market last month with claims it can halt the trend of escalating premiums. But PI brokers say advisers need to be aware that Elite Insurance […]

We shouldn’t still be debating rights and wrongs of commission

So here we are – over two years into the RDR and yet still debating the rights and wrongs of commission, and whether it has a place in the new world of pension freedoms. It is bizarre that we find ourselves in this position. The driving force of the RDR was getting rid of bias, […]

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Cowley departure prompts OM bond fund downgrade

Morningstar has downgraded the Old Mutual Global Strategic Bond fund from ‘Bronze’ to ‘Neutral’ following the announcement of Stewart Cowley’s upcoming departure. Cowley, who manages the £561m Old Mutual Global Strategic Bond fund, leaves in June and will be replaced on the portfolio by Christine Johnson and John Peta. OMGI chief executive Julian Ide says: “I am grateful to Stewart […]

Value for money in DC pensions

The Pension Policy Institute (PPI)’s recent report “Value for money in DC pensions” tries to identify factors by which people can assess whether their pension offers fair value for money (VFM). Fiona Tait provides an overview of the findings. Positive Outcomes It is extremely hard to assess VFM in a pension. Press activity naturally focuses […]

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