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Annuity rates plummet to lowest level since 2012

Standard annuity rates have fallen to their lowest levels since November 2012, with the pace of decline increasing since the turn of the year, according to data published by Moneyfacts. The rate payable for an average single-life standard annuity for a 65 year old with a £10,000 pot has fallen by 5.9 per cent in […]

Brandon Lewis to remain housing minister despite confusion

Brandon Lewis will remain housing minister despite reports he had been replaced. Yesterday, it was being wrongly claimed on Twitter that Mark Francois had been made the new housing minister after he was appointed minister of state for communities and local government. The rumours were fuelled by the fact Lewis’ photo and profile had been […]

Tony Wickenden: Pensions pass the tax test

I started my look at “new world” retirement income planning last week. I referenced in that article the importance of taking a wide ranging “all assets” approach to designing a tax efficient strategy to anticipate and deal with the following risks: volatility, inflation, legacy and flexibility. It seems a multi-faceted solution is becoming the strategy […]

Scottish Widow

Scottish Widows sells offshore business to RL360

Scottish Widows has sold its offshore life business Clerical Medical to investment group RL360. Clerical Medical has been running as a closed business since March 2012 after Scottish Widows parent Lloyds Bank moved to refocus on core UK banking and insurance operations. The business consists of around 24,000 policies, with over £5bn assets under management, […]

Sustainability Q&A

Following his latest webinar ‘Has sustainability been Trumped’ Mike Fox answers questions in relation to how Trump’s environmentally unfriendly policies might affect sustainable investment strategies. Read the article here The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors may not get back […]

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