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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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How ready are Sipp providers for imminent cap ad hike?

At least three leading Sipp providers would fail to meet the new capital adequacy requirements if they took effect today. Attivo, LV= and Rowanmoor would all meet less than 100 per cent of the capital requirements under the controversial rules, which are due to come into force in September 2016. Under the new rules, providers will be required […]

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Profile: Old Mutual Wealth’s Carlton Hood on the right way to deliver vertical integration

If you meet Carlton Hood, Old Mutual Wealth’s customer director, don’t mention meerkats. Hood was chief executive of the price comparison website Confused.com when rival firm Compare The Market unleashed its popular ‘Compare The Meerkat’ advertising campaign in 2009. “That was the biggest challenge of my career,” he jokes. On a more serious note, Hood […]

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Ukip plans state pension overhaul

Ukip wants to cut the state pension age to 65 as part of a swathe of promises designed to install better fairness to pensions. The party claims that increases in the age at which individuals can claim a state pension have unfairly impacted women and manual workers, in particular, so has instead devised a “retirement […]

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