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SNP targets ‘unfair’ pension charges

The Scottish National Party has warned that while it backs pension freedoms, it plans to identify and target “hidden” and “unfair” charges. In its election manifesto, published earlier today, the SNP says it backs the principle of giving pensioners more freedom over how to spend their retirement pot. However, the party warns: “We must ensure adequate […]

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Who’s in and who’s out: The high profile election losses

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and pensions minister Steve Webb are the most high profile financial services scalps to be claimed after a shock election night. Balls, who previously held a majority of just 1,101 in the constituency of Morley & Outwood, lost out to Conservative Andrea Jenkins by 422 votes. Webb lost to Conservative candidate […]

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Nic Cicutti: Tory IHT move appeals to voters’ naked self-interest

This may surprise one or two readers of Money Marketing, but I have never voted in a general election. We are not talking here about a Russell Brand-style rejection of all political parties, nor is this the result of apathy on my part. It is simply that my Italian passport precludes me from voting. That […]

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Billy Burrows: Annuity update

There has been little change to annuity rates since the last update and this reflects the flat line trend for gilt yields at the moment. The benchmark 15-year gilt yield has remained just under 2 per cent so far in April. Unless yields increase, annuity rates will remain at present levels. In my recent paper […]

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European value’s revival in 10 charts

By Rob Burnett, head of European Equities, Neptune Value strategies have historically outperformed their growth counterparts, yet have suffered amid adverse market conditions in recent years. While value’s outperformance has returned, few funds are positioned for it. What’s behind value’s recent resurgence and will it last? View charts here Important information Investment risks Neptune funds […]

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