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Pensions governance committees ‘retirement homes’ for industry veterans

Consumer champions have branded the new Independent Governance Committees for contract-based schemes “retirement homes for financial services executives, actuaries and investment bankers”. But providers have hit back, claiming the committees provide greater consumer protection than trust-based schemes. The requirement for governance committees to be established for auto-enrolment schemes was introduced following the Office of Fair […]

UK equity ETFs ripe to be revisited

The resurgence of the UK has been well documented this year, the UK economy continues to grow and consumer confidence is at a 13-year high. These factors are feeding into the UK stockmarket. Many of the major indices have hit all-time highs, particularly the FTSE 100 which has broken the 7,000 mark. UK equity is […]

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Altmann turned down pensions minister job

Ros Altmann was offered the role of pensions minister by the Conservatives but turned it down, Money Marketing can reveal. Instead, Altmann will be made a peer and appointed minister responsible for financial consumer protection and education. Former pensions minister and LibDem Steve Webb lost his seat in today’s general election, leaving the Conservatives without […]

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John Lawson: A spanner in the works for DB transfers

The Government was keen to allow those with defined benefit pensions access to the same freedom and choice as those with defined contribution savings. That is why we have new rules that allow transfers to proceed once a member of a DB scheme has received advice. However, the planned reduction of the lifetime allowance from […]

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UK housebuilders: political risk on the rise

Mark Martin, Head of UK Equities, Neptune As expected, the Autumn Budget contained multiple policies directed towards the Government’s stated desire to support home ownership and housebuilding.  It did not include any significant measures to solve the housing shortage, however. Read article Important information Investment risks Neptune funds may have a high historic volatility rating […]

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