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Cavendish says pension savers have their heads in the sand

Forty two per cent of consumers believe their occupational pension scheme is all they need for retirement, according to research by Cavendish Asset Management.

Despite the closure of many schemes, 52 per cent of people under 30 are putting all their trust in an occupational pension. However only 18 per cent of those questioned believe that the state pension will be sufficient in retirement.

The research also shows that people are responding to difficulties in the pension sector with 77 per cent using other investment vehicles for their retirement planning.


Norwich Union investors prosper through bond

Norwich Union has established the Prosper income bond, a guaranteed equity bond that offers investors the choice between income and growth over a five-year term. The bond is linked to the FTSE 100 index and investors can choose to take income of 5.5 per cent a year, 0.44 per cent a month or 29.6 per […]

£1bn loans prop up R&SA&#39s life funds

Royal & Sun Alliance has revealed contingent loans of £1bn to its ailing life funds but remains in discussion with the FSA over its solvency.R&SA says it may have to find more money to support the funds if the FSA clamps down on the use of future profits and reinsurance contracts.Under its new regime, the […]

Webline, IFAEngine, Cofunds on Unipass

IFA portals Webline and IFAEngine and fund supermarket Cofunds have gone live with Origo&#39s Unipass digital certificates.The certificates allow IFAs to have a single user name and password to access all the industry websites they use.Unipass has been created by industry technology standards body Origo. It is free to IFAs and non-regulated advisers such as […]

L&G hopes guarantees will help sell last-minute Isas

Legal & General is offering two protected growth plans in an attempt to motivate investors into last-minute Isa season action.The provider says it is hoping to attract investors who have been so far disenchanted by plunging stockmarkets by guaranteeing their initial capital will be protected if they keep money in the plan until October 31, […]

How QE is distorting the gilt market

By Mike Riddell The moves in gilts in August were truly exceptional. Volatility in the gilt market (based off 10-year gilt futures) has soared to close to the highest levels seen this millennium, on a par with the eurozone debt crisis of 2011/12 and behind only the global financial crisis of 2008/09. The first distortion […]


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