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 genral overview of the type of products each provider currently offers.
Former Skandia and Cofunds chief executive Brett Williams has joined private equity firm Lime Tree Investment Partners as a founder partner. Williams founded the investment platform Selestia in 2001 before going on to become Skandia UK chief executive and then Cofunds chief executive in 2008. He quit Cofunds in July 2010. Williams joins the firm […]
Protection specialist Bright Grey says it paid out 91 per cent of critical illness claims in the last six months of 2011. The provider says it declined 2 per cent of claims for non-disclosure and the average payout was £82,000. Cancer remained the most common reason for a claim at 55 per cent, followed by […]
We suggest that adviser firms should conduct a thorough review of their selected platform(s) at least once a year, looking at how they fit the client type or segment in question. The FSA has been clear in talking about the importance of suitability. We see in some instances that – especially for those “outlier” clients […]
Hargreaves Lansdown is urging the Government to bring the upper earnings threshold for minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions into line with National Insurance. When auto-enrolment starts in October, employees and employers will have to make pension contributions based on an upper and lower earnings limit. The Department for Work and Pensions has proposed setting the […]
Do macro headlines create white noise which impacts market prices? Portfolio Manager at Harris Associates, David Herro, discusses how market volatility can create opportunities to buy good business at a discount.
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