The Retirement Strategy data pages are designed to offer a wide ranging view of the current annuity rates being offered from providers including impaired, flexible and asset-backed annuity options. The pages also put current rates into historical context, offer the latest annuity best-buy tables and give a general overview of the type of products each provider currently offers.
Ahead of this week’s general election, Conservative Shadow housing minister Grant Shapps outlines his vision for the sector should the Tories gain power.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has repeated what the Labour press office claimed was a “slip of the tongue” by suggesting that higher-rate pension tax relief will be restricted for incomes over £100,000. Brown first indicated a change to the stated Labour party policy on restricting higher-rate pension tax relief during the final leaders’ debate last […]
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F&C Asset Management says the Thames River Capital brand will remain if its acquisition of the firm goes ahead. The deal, which is worth up to £53.6m, should be completed by the end of the third quarter if it is approved by shareholders. F&C will acquire an economic interest in the management and performance fee […]
By Chris Taylor, head of Japanese Equities, Neptune Abe, having reinforced his political position domestically, will most likely hold off any further major policy enactments until after president Trump has settled into the White House and enacted some of his own. Then a relaunch of the Three Arrows programme is likely, or Abenomics 2.0, including […]
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Phoenix Group, Alliance Trust Group, Zurich, and Old Mutual Wealth are amongst the most complained providers in the latest FCA complaints data. A total of 3.76m complaints were received by the FCA during the second half of 2017, up 13 per cent on the first half of the year. Alliance Trust Savings is the most […]
The FCA is reviewing the market for preference shares following the furore over Aviva’s recent decision to cancel its high-yielding preference shares at par value. FCA chief executive Andrew Bailey says in a Dear CEO letter that the regulator is reviewing the prevailing market for certain fixed income shares, particularly those classed as perpetual, irredeemable […]
Five years on from the RDR, and the independent vs restricted debate still holds an exalted position in the market. Significant swathes remain fiercely evangelical in their belief that independence is a pipe dream, or that restricted is a recipe for disgraceful shoehorning. Many of these people are unmoved by the dearth of conclusive evidence […]