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Warning over boom in pension texts and cold calls

The Information Commissioner’s Office has raised concerns over the increase in the number of people receiving cold calls or texts about their pensions. It says it has received over 1,000 complaints since last Christmas. Of these, 434 complaints were about live calls, 445 were about automated calls and 67 on spam texts. In addition, Which? […]

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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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Cowley departure prompts OM bond fund downgrade

Morningstar has downgraded the Old Mutual Global Strategic Bond fund from ‘Bronze’ to ‘Neutral’ following the announcement of Stewart Cowley’s upcoming departure. Cowley, who manages the £561m Old Mutual Global Strategic Bond fund, leaves in June and will be replaced on the portfolio by Christine Johnson and John Peta. OMGI chief executive Julian Ide says: “I am grateful to Stewart […]

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Ian McKenna: Shaking up the mortgage advice market

While the mortgage advice industry is clearly now in far better shape than it was just a few years ago, when it comes to innovation I cannot help feeling it is the poor relation compared to the investment advice market. There is certainly far less competition in terms of leading edge solutions to meet consumers’ […]

Fade sterling strength

Ian Kernohan, senior economist at Royal London Asset Management, examines the current position of sterling as the Brexit process continues to look uncertain. Read the article here The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount […]

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