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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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Partnership eyes platform tie-up as annuity slump continues

Partnership is working on plans to tie up with a platform in the second half of the year as the specialist provider looks to counter a 73 per cent fall in individual annuities. In its results for the three months to the 31 March, published today, Partnership says it is working with a third party […]

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Convicted fraudster sentenced to extra four years

A convicted fraudster has been sentenced to an additional four years in prison by Westminster Magistrates’ Court after failing to make any payments towards a £364,000 fine, following an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. In April 2012, US national Brian O’Brien was extradited and convicted for his part in a £4m boiler room fraud. […]

Malcolm McLean: Don’t expect answers anytime soon

After all the hullabaloo, pension freedom is finally off the ground and running. Despite some slightly uncomfortable headlines (about a dash for cash, buying speedboats and the like) it is still too early to draw definitive conclusions as to the impact this is having and will have on pension saving generally. It will be necessary […]

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European materials and the asymmetric opportunity

Rob Burnett, manager of the Neptune European Opportunities Fund, discuss the political and economic factors driving European equities today. With potentially tighter monetary policy on the horizon and record valuations for defensive stocks, Rob believes that there is an asymmetric opportunity to the upside for value strategies. Click here to watch the video Rob discusses: […]

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