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Billy Burrows: Annuity update

There has been little change to annuity rates since the last update and this reflects the flat line trend for gilt yields at the moment. The benchmark 15-year gilt yield has remained just under 2 per cent so far in April. Unless yields increase, annuity rates will remain at present levels. In my recent paper […]

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Old Mutual Wealth scraps Skandia brand

The Skandia platform and all UK operations have rebranded to Old Mutual Wealth with effect from today Skandia, which launched in the UK in 1979, was acquired by Old Mutual in 2006. Old Mutual Wealth includes the 3000-strong adviser network Intrinsic, which was acquired in February, the platform business, and its asset management arm Old […]

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UK economy ‘to grow 2.8% in 2015’

The UK economy will take uncertainty created by the general election “in its stride” and grow 2.8 per cent this year, the EY ITEM Club says. The consultancy’s spring forecast, which uses HM Treasury’s economic modeling, predicts gross domestic product will hit 2.8 per cent this year and 3 per cent in 2016. This is […]

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Is Shell/BG merger a catalyst event or natural market evolution?

The £47bn merger of Royal Dutch Shell with BG Group could be one of the biggest of the past 10 years, with the resulting company having a value of more than £200bn.  If the deal goes through, the combined company would be worth 9 per cent of the FTSE 100 and around 7.5 per cent of […]

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