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Hermes poaches Aviva exec for real estate arm

Hermes Investment Management has appointed Aviva’s head of European retail funds, Philip Nell, as fund director for the company’s real estate unit, Hermes Real Estate. He will join the £6bn real estate arm on 20 July and report to to Hermes Real Estate chief executive Chris Taylor. Nell will also work as fund manager of the UK Private Rental […]

David Shelton’s business tips: Making communications consistent

Most communications activity comes with a cost and it is important to achieve the best impact. In addition to well targeted content that is relevant to the recipient it is also essential to achieve consistency. You can use these high level questions to help identify if you have any gaps and opportunities for improvement. If […]

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Ros Altmann confirmed as pensions minister

Prime minister David Cameron has confirmed Ros Altmann is to be pensions minister, days after she told Money Marketing she had turned down the role. Prior to the election Altmann said she would be minister responsible for consumer protection and education. She said she did not want to be pensions minister because she thought she […]

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England vs Australia: pensions

Well, the cricket season is here, and England and Australia are stepping up to the wicket. Although we compete with each other in the sporting world, when it comes to pensions, Australia’s pension programme is held up as a model for our auto-enrolment initiative. Auto-enrolment was introduced because people weren’t saving enough into their pensions, and it is still early days but signs are positive. However, in Australia, saving into a pension is compulsory, and in fact employers are the ones who have to pay in. Employees in Australia can make additional contributions into their pensions, but they don’t have to. Should the onus be on the employer or employee to save? Well in the UK we think it’s both, but to get ‘adequate’ savings for retirement it’s the employee who has to pay more in.

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