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Malcolm McLean: Is there a future for the state pension?

Pensions have not featured massively in this year’s election debates, although on other occasions, for older people at least, this has usually been an issue that has materially influenced voting intentions. This is especially so when it comes to the level and sustainability of the state pension. This year’s election has seen politicians of all […]

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Vanguard: Mifid II fails to address conflict of interest concerns

Mifid II does not go as far as the RDR in addressing conflict of interest issues across Europe, says Vanguard head of retail Nick Blake, leaving room for a third or even fourth iteration of the rules. The Mifid II changes are designed to strengthen protections for retail investors across the EU through limits to […]

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Dennis Hall: Finding a middle ground with clients

I cannot remember how long it took me to switch from actively managed funds to passive ones. Nor do I recall the time it took to incorporate lifetime cash flow modelling and then lifestyle financial planning. It could have been months, if not years, and I still have situations where my beliefs are challenged. I […]

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Think-tank: UK market still well suited to annuities despite pension freedoms

Despite the pension reforms the UK market remains well suited to annuitisation, influential think-tank the Pensions Policy Institute says. In a report, sponsored by the Investment Association and The People’s Pension, the PPI compares the UK system with Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the US. It says that despite the new freedoms – which allow […]

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Your Index-Linked Gilt Fund may not be as risky as you think

Index-linked gilts (also known as inflation-linked) can play an important role within an investor’s portfolio,and are a distinct asset class to conventional gilts. While index-linked gilts have a higher duration compared to their conventional counterparts, this duration figure is misleading as inflation-linked bonds do not tend to move in line with their conventional counterparts. Key […]

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