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With stock markets reaching new highs, many financial commentators share a common belief – global economies are on the road to recovery. Newton’s view of the world, however, is very different. For them, the upturn has been driven by government and central bank policy across the globe, rather than from any real economic recovery. They […]

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Zurich transfers annuity book to Rothesay Life

Zurich UK Life is to transfer its legacy portfolio of £1.2bn of annuities to specialist insurer Rothesay Life for an undisclosed fee. Under part seven transfer rules the transfer, of around 28,000 policies, is subject to a review process by regulators and courts before it can complete. Zurich has not actively promoted annuity sales since […]

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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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T. Bailey’s Askew doubles down on Europe

While the T. Bailey Growth fund team has recently doubled the portfolio’s allocation to European equities, its managers insist the introduction of quantitative easing across the currency bloc was not behind the move. Looking at the decision to up the £178.8m portfolio’s allocation from circa 5 per cent at the start of the year to […]

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Bonds face up to stormy conditions

As bonds face up to stormy conditions, Jonathan Platt, Head of Fixed Income at Royal London Asset Management shares three key trends our Fixed Income Team have seen shaping bond markets recently. Read the article here. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of investments and the income from them is […]

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