Winterthur Life is rolling out the second tranche of its stockmarket pension fund which gives equity-linked growth with security. The fund is linked to the FTSE 100 index for five years and is available to all pension investors. Winterthur believes the fund is particularly suitable for self-invested personal pensions and small self-administered schemes. It guarantees […]
Nearly two-thirds of life offices are worried about the level of demand for their products in the coming year, with a record proportion looking to boost marketing spend. According to a quarterly poll carried out by the CBI and Coopers & Lybrand at the end of last year, 63 per cent of insurers are concerned […]
One of the key issues in the stakeholder pensions debate is the degree of regulation appropriate to the products. Would it be prudent to exclude stakeholder pensions from the present framework of regulation by introducing some form of kitemarking? On the face of it, there are advantages to this. First, providers would not need to […]
On April 17, Standard Life issued a with-profits endowment policy maturity value quotation of £17,200 at 5 per cent a year return and £17,600 at 10 per cent a year return. On October 13, I received maturity papers showing an actual value of £18,984 for the maturity date of November 24. How many policyholders cash […]
Dr. Andrew Lo, Founder and Chief Investment Strategist at AlphaSimplex, discusses how the firm takes into account human behaviour when constructing their portfolio, specifically by embedding the idea of volatility targeting in all of their strategies.
The heralding of a new year is often positioned as an opportunity to make commitments for the next 12 months. People have the best of intentions as they declare they will exercise more, have a better diet or be kinder. Inevitably, as tumultuous events begin to unfold, however, these promises often fall by the wayside. […]
Beaufort Financial’s Nottingham director Gurmit Nahal on why she outsources investment management and how it enables her to focus on holistic financial planning and strategic oversight of portfolios Do you take care of your investment management in-house, outsource it to a third party or combine both approaches? Why do you do it that way?We outsource […]
Ahead of her appearance at Money Marketing’s flagship conference, Money Marketing Interactive this April, CISI award winner Rebecca Aldridge looks at making numbers more exciting and getting advisers and fund managers on the same page What one word or phrase do you think sums up the state of the financial planning profession today? Over-doing disclosure. Well-intentioned […]