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Following the election, the political landscape has shifted. With a Conservative Government, a resounding victory for the SNP, and Labour forced to rethink its strategy, what will this unexpected turn of events mean for financial services? Money Marketing editor Natalie Holt talks to Cicero director and chief corporate counsel Iain Anderson about how the exit […]

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What’s in pensions minister Ros Altmann’s in-tray?

Increasing auto-enrolment contributions, reforming tax relief and extending new guidance service Pension Wise should be priorities for the new pensions minister, say industry experts. This week former Saga director general and older workers’ champion Ros Altmann was appointed pensions minister as part of the Government’s reshuffle. The pensions industry wasted no time in setting out […]

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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 […]

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Simon Brazier: Cash is king in volatile economic environment

Management teams have a corporate responsibility to act in the long-term interests of their company and its shareholders. However, the current investment climate – increasingly uncertain, with higher market volatility than that seen over the last couple of years – tends to encourage short-termism and a focus on returning cash to shareholders, in many cases […]

Emerging markets: firing on all cylinders

Ewan Thompson, Head of Emerging Market Equities, Neptune Over the last two years, emerging markets have enjoyed a strong return to outperformance, driven by the first synchronised global growth episode since before the global financial crisis. With emerging market economic indicators accelerating rapidly – and faster than those in developed markets – Ewan Thompson, discusses […]

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