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Drawdown boosts Pru sales but new business profits down

Sales in Prudential’s UK business are up 8 per cent year-on-year as bonds, personal pensions and drawdown products offset the loss of annuities, the firm’s quarterly results show. UK retail sales, on an annual premium equivalent basis, hit £169m in the three months to March, compared to £157m to the same quarter last year, a […]

Behind the headlines: Cicero’s Iain Anderson

Following the election, the political landscape has shifted. With a Conservative Government, a resounding victory for the SNP, and Labour forced to rethink its strategy, what will this unexpected turn of events mean for financial services? Money Marketing editor Natalie Holt talks to Cicero director and chief corporate counsel Iain Anderson about how the exit […]

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Retirement Strategy Leader: We need a cure for scammer disease

Nobody wants another misselling scandal. So clearly, it is paramount that pension freedoms work alongside adequate consumer protection. The Government and the FCA have arguably done their best to put this in place in the tight timescale they had. We have the requirement that people wanting to transfer from defined benefit to defined contribution schemes […]

India Q&A: a market with momentum?

Kunal Desai, Head of Indian Equities, Neptune India is in the midst of a significant transformation, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertaking an ambitious reform agenda. But what is the current state of the market and what makes India an attractive investment story today? Read the article here For investment professionals only – not for […]

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