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FSA criticised over annuities policy

The Financial Services Authority has been accused of failing to encourage more people to shop around for better annuity rates. Figures from the association of British Insurers show more people this year bought annuities from their existing provider than they did last year. However the FSA set up rules last year requiring pension providers to tell customers about the open market option., which provides consumers with the right to buy annuities from any provider. The FSA believes three in five people used the OMO option this year, compared with 48 per cent last year.

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Shepherds Group is offering a with-profits bonds converter that it says will provide annual returns of 9.82 per cent.It says there are thousands of investors who need to draw an income but are stuck with a poorly performing with-profits bonds and are unable to make an exit because of a market value adjuster.Investors who surrender […]

Scot Prov limits stand alone CI sum assured to £0.5m

Scottish Provident is moving to limit its maximum sum assured on stand-alone critical illness to £0.5m. Scottish Provident head of marketing and product development Nick Kirwan says IFAs will be receiving letters informing them of the change in the next few days. He says that while quite a few companies have stopped offering the product […]

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India: Modi, reform and the oil price fall

Nearly 12 months since sweeping to power, prime minister Narendra Modi has overseen a significant turnaround in India, which is now on track to become one of the most pro-growth, pro-investment economies in Asia. While the market has rallied 48 per cent over the last year in response to Modi’s reform agenda, what is the potential for further progress?

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