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Paul Lewis: How do you solve a problem like Maria?

She is Maria Sinclair, just 65 and she is happy. Pension freedom has begun. She has a pension pot, which she began some 25 years ago, and she believes it is worth quite a lot. In work, Maria never earned more than £18,000 a year. Her state pension amounts to £118.64 a week. She has […]

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Asking prices fell pre-election but up 2.5% annually

Asking prices dipped in the run-up to the election but are up 2.5 per cent annually. Research by online estate agent Rightmove shows the average UK asking price was £285,891 in May, down 0.1 per cent from £286,133 in April. However, asking prices were up 2.5 per cent year-on-year from around £278,900 in April 2014. […]

Architas loses multi-asset manager to Schroders

Architas has appointed senior investment manager Nathan Sweeney as co-manager at the firm, after the departure of Stephanie Carbonneil to join Schroders. Sweeney will manage the the £770m Architas Multi-Asset Active range and run the six risk-profiled funds alongside existing co-manager and Architas chief investment officer Caspar Rock. Sweeney replaces senior investment manager Stephanie Carbonneil, who will […]

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Alan Lakey: Time for change on CI cover

For 20 years I have avoided using claim criteria such as activities of daily living or similar terms for income protection. My reasoning is simple: the level of disability needed to meet the claim requirements is substantial and far beyond what I believe to be reasonable. This problem also rears its head when considering total […]

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