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Barclays Global Investors -iShares MSCI Europe

Barclays Global Investors

iShares MSCI Europe

Type: Exchange-traded fund

Aim: Growth linked to the MSCI Europe index

Minimum investment: Subject to negotiation with a stockbroker

Investment split: 100% linked to the MSCI Europe index

Place of registration: Dublin

Isa link: Yes

Pep transfers: Yes

Charges: Annual 0.35%

Commission: None

Tel: 0845 3577000


Skandia rejects 11% of CI claims

Skandia paid out on 89 per cent of critical-illness claims in the last 12 months, up by 1 per cent on the last year. Two per cent were declined for non-disclosure and 9 per cent because the claim did not meet policy definitions.

Cost of flooding rises to £2.5bn says ABI

The Association of British Insurers has upped the estimated cost of the recent floods to £1bn which brings the total cost of the summer flooding to £2.5bn.The July floods have so far resulted in 12,000 claims for flood damaged homes, and 3,500 claims for businesses according to ABI figures and insurers are currently handling a […]

Clear sighted

There is a fad to describe something that is clear as being transparent or, more usually, something that is unclear as not transparent, as in “the charging structure is not transparent” rather than “the charging structure is not clear”. The point about transparency is that you can see through it to something on the other […]

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England vs Australia: pensions

Well, the cricket season is here, and England and Australia are stepping up to the wicket. Although we compete with each other in the sporting world, when it comes to pensions, Australia’s pension programme is held up as a model for our auto-enrolment initiative. Auto-enrolment was introduced because people weren’t saving enough into their pensions, and it is still early days but signs are positive. However, in Australia, saving into a pension is compulsory, and in fact employers are the ones who have to pay in. Employees in Australia can make additional contributions into their pensions, but they don’t have to. Should the onus be on the employer or employee to save? Well in the UK we think it’s both, but to get ‘adequate’ savings for retirement it’s the employee who has to pay more in.


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