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Government won&#39t expand FSA&#39s Equitable inquiry

The Government says it will not force the FSA to expand its investigation into Equitable Life to cover the period between closing to new business last December and last week when it announced it was slashing the value of its pensions.

Despite opposition MPs efforts, the Treasury has resisted because it is concerned any expansion of the remit will further delay the publication of the report.

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Leading consultancy KPMG is urging life offices to provide with-profitscustomers specific details of how bonus policies are calculated in a bid toto restore confidence. In the wake of the FSA&#39s with-profits review and Equitable Life slashingits bonuses, KPMG says customers need to make an informed choice abouttheir appetite for risk. There is still a future […]

Pru calls for stakeholder review

The Prudential is calling on the Government to review its stakeholder pensions in 12 to 18 months time to gauge how successful the products have been.In announcing its business results for the six months to June, chief executive Jonathon Bloomer said the take-up of the pensions would have to be looked at and changes such […]

TD Waterhouse launches fund supermarket

US financial services giant TD Waterhouse has launched an execution only fund supermarket, offering 380 funds from 19 providers.TD Waterhouse has also launched six new no-load funds, which will be distributed through the platform.The other providers include Fidelity, Gartmore, Invesco Perpetual, Schroders, M&G, Jupiter and Threadneedle.

Majority of public aware of stakeholder

A majority of the public now say that they are aware of stakeholder pensions, according to research undertaken by NOP for the ABI released this week. Its research shows of those currently unlikely to take out a stakeholder pension, almost four in ten would be more likely to do so if it were arranged through […]

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Employer iPMI responsibilities could continue to escalate, says Jelf

New laws in Dubai will put the burden of providing international private medical insurance (iPMI) firmly on the shoulders of the employer in order to maintain the country’s leading healthcare facilities. With 10,000 UK nationals having moved to the country since 2007 and only 16.5 per cent of the total 8.2 million people living there being Emiratis, Jelf Employee Benefits believes this move was inevitable and employer responsibilities could continue to escalate in future.

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