In simple terms, estate planning is ensuring that when a client dies their assets pass on to their intended beneficiaries but while this is simple in theory, there are, in practice, a number of complications.
Standard Life’s UK life and pension sales increased by 15 per cent to £13,174m in 2007 but individual pension sales fell by 18 per cent to £782m compared with 2006.Standard Life released its new business results today and simultaneously announced the news that its UK financial services chief executive Trevor Matthews was leaving to take […]
Prudential’s UK business figures were flat last year at £897m compared with £900m in 2006.Retail sales rose by 4 per cent, from £688m to £715m, driven by strong growth in individual annuities, corporate pensions, with-profits bonds and lifetime mortgages.Pru says the business figures are in line with 2006 because the 2006 figure included £63m of […]
By Fiona Tait, pensions specialist In her final article for Royal London, Fiona Tait reviews key changes she believes have transformed, or will transform, pensions. In my 12 years with Royal London I have been paid to review, study and explain the numerous changes to pension legislation which have transformed our industry in that time. This is […]
Invesco Perpetual leads the latest edition of the infamous Spot the Dog report, which identifies underperforming equity funds, as the number of dogs hits a record high. In its bi-annual Spot the Dog report, Bestinvest names and shames funds that have underperformed their benchmarks for three consecutive years and by more than five per cent over […]
Most firms regulated by the FCA are satisfied with its performance and believe it is an efficient regulator, the watchdog has said. The survey conducted by the FCA and its Practitioner Panel – one of its advisory bodies – sought feedback on the regulator’s performance from the firms it oversees. The results showed that both satisfaction and […]
Investing at this stage of the market cycle is a tough balancing act. While over-exposure to risky assets leaves a portfolio vulnerable when a correction really bites, taking too much risk off the table too soon can mean missing out on the remaining opportunities which may still present themselves over the coming months. With so […]