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Association of Consulting Actuaries surveys small firm pensions

The Association of Consulting Actuaries is surveying pensions trends in smaller firms with 250 employees or less.

The ACA says trends in this sector are of major importance as it covers 12m people which is half the working population of the UK.

The ACA is hoping the survey will reveal the early impact of stakeholder pensions on business. The switch from defined benefit to defined contribution, which has been more marked in smaller firms, is also being monitored.


Scottish Widows stakes its claim on pension market

However Pickard says: “Competition will come from those plans which adopt a stakeholder friendly stance, but which continue to offer access to a substantial fund range. Unfortunately, no particular product comes to mind here.”Commenting on the product literature Perdisatt says: “The literature is well produced, clear and easy to read, with good flow charts. The […]

HSBC – European Absolute Fund

Friday, 2nd March 2001.Type: Fund of hedge funds.Aim: Growth by investing in hedge funds.Minimum investment: £5,000.Place of registration: Guernsey.Investment split: UK 25 per cent, continental Europe 75 per cent.Isa link: Yes.Charges: Initial 4.8 per cent annual 1.5 per cent.Commission: Initial 3 per cent, renewal 0.5 per cent.Tel: 020 7860 3061. 

Norwich Union International announces first year results

Norwich Union International, CGNU&#39s Dublin-based offshore life and investment arm, is reporting single premium sales of £105m to December 31, 2000, since its launch on March 6, 2000.NUIL will launch 20 new funds in the UK on March 6, and proposes to expand its business in the UK, Italy, Spain and Ireland in 2001.NUIL chief […]

Aberdeen champs at the bit in Europe

Aberdeen Asset Management has followed the trend for themed investments with the introduction of its European champions fund.This unit trust aims to provide growth by investing in a concentrated portfolio of 50 European stocks that cut across sectors. The stocks will be chosen in relation to three themes – harmonisation, globalisation and communication.Harmonisation refers to […]

The Great British Break-Off

Despite predictions that a vote to leave the European Union would result in an economic apocalypse, UK equities have shown the market equivalent of a stiff upper lip: bouncing back, keeping calm, and carrying on. Although the road towards Brexit remains clouded in uncertainty, UK equities offer a range of opportunities to investors seeking returns […]


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