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House prices up 0.8%

House prices rose by 0.8 per cent in April, says the Land Registry, the first time the index has risen since January and the biggest monthly growth since January 2010.



F&TRC Forum to issue group pensions guidance

The F&TRC Workplace Forum will produce guidance on group pension scheme establishment and contribution collection after advisers voiced concerns about the current processes used by pension providers and software vendors. The guidance, which will be produced in September, will aim to identify and develop good practice in an effort to reduce costs for employers ahead […]

Pillars of wisdom

There was a time when Spain was a country rarely lauded for excellence. Its soccer team was trophy-less, Rafael Nadal was an unknown and its banking industry was unremarkable in global terms. How things have changed. Despite a still fragile local economy, its global surge is best reflected in the incredible turn-round seen at Abbey […]

John Greenwood

Search for growth widens

Investors are looking to the esoteric end of the menu as Sipp providers see increasing demand for Ucis schemes

Swiss Re acquires 300,000 Alico policies

Swiss Re has acquired 300,000 life insurance policies and £1.6bn of assets from Alico. Swiss Re has agreed the deal via its business unit Admin Re, which acquires blocks of in-force life and health insurance business. In November, Metlife acquired AIG subsidiary Alico for £10.8bn. Swiss Re executive board member and Admin Re chairman David […]

Auto-enrolment: tips for employers

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has released advice on communications for employers, including three tips to help you with your auto-enrolment duties. 1. Allow enough time to select your pension schemeIt’s recommended that you start to prepare for auto-enrolment at least 12 months in advance of your staging date; additionally, give yourself time to choose the […]


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