The number of annuity complaints received by the Financial Ombudsman Service has climbed by 29 per cent in the past year, as more consumers complain they were not made aware of the option of shopping around. The FOS’s annual review, published today, shows there were 776 complaints about annuities in the year to 31 March […]
Private equity Many investors still ignore private equity having been burnt during the financial crisis. In the listed space, even the highest quality funds saw their discounts to net asset value explode, often to as much as 80 per cent, on concerns over leverage and unfunded commitments. However, much like public equity markets, the NAVs […]
One of the many unintended consequences of the new pension freedoms is that, while technically people can cash in their pensions, the reality is most providers are unwilling to carry the can should things go wrong. This is most problematic with defined benefits schemes, where the existing scheme will not facilitate encashment. Instead, members must […]
M&G fund manager Steven Andrew has slashed exposure to US and UK government debt in his £322m Episode Income fund to ward off concerns about potential risks emerging in the western economies. A year ago over 25 per cent of the fund was invested in US and UK government debt because it was yielding 4 […]
Alex Ralph, manager of the Artemis High Income Fund, sees further pressure on government bonds as inflationary pressures build on both sides of the Atlantic.
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